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ISI / BIS Certification for Water meters (domestic type)

BIS Certificate for Water meters (domestic type)
ISI / BIS Certification is mandatory for

Water meters (domestic type)

IS Standard : IS 779: 1994

Domestic water meters are essential devices installed in residential properties to measure and monitor the volume of water consumed by households. These meters are typically installed at the point where the main water supply enters the property and are crucial for accurately billing residents based on their water usage. Domestic water meters come in various types, including mechanical, digital, and smart meters, each offering different features and functionalities. Mechanical meters utilize a turbine or displacement mechanism to measure water flow, while digital meters use electronic sensors and displays to provide real-time consumption data. Smart meters incorporate advanced technology such as wireless communication and remote monitoring capabilities, allowing utility companies and homeowners to track water usage more efficiently and identify potential leaks or inefficiencies. Domestic water meters play a vital role in promoting water conservation, enabling homeowners to monitor their usage, identify water-saving opportunities, and contribute to sustainable water management practices.


IS 779:1994 is an important standard in ensuring the quality and accuracy of domestic type water meters, which are essential devices used for measuring water consumption in households. This standard serves as a critical guideline for manufacturers, outlining specific requirements for design, construction, performance, and testing of water meters tailored for domestic use. Adhering to IS 779:1994 ensures that manufacturers produce water meters meeting stringent quality standards, guaranteeing their reliability, accuracy, and durability in accurately measuring household water usage. Compliance with this standard not only ensures fair billing for water consumption but also promotes efficient water management practices by providing accurate data for monitoring and controlling water usage within households. IS 779:1994 instills trust and confidence among consumers in the accuracy and reliability of domestic water meters, fostering transparency and accountability in water usage and billing.

Note: Obtaining the ISI/BIS Certification is a mandatory requirement for manufacturers of Water meters (domestic type) to sell their products in the Indian market.

In India, manufacturers are required to obtain ISI/BIS certification for their Water Meters (Domestic Type) to legally sell these products. This certification, mandated by Indian regulations, ensures compliance with specific quality and safety standards set by the BIS for the production and distribution of water meters intended for domestic use. Without this certification, manufacturers face legal repercussions and obstacles in accessing the Indian market. Obtaining ISI/BIS certification is not only a regulatory requirement but also a critical step for manufacturers to demonstrate the reliability, accuracy, and safety of their water meters for household consumption. This certification process underscores the importance of ensuring the integrity and precision of water metering equipment, instilling confidence among consumers and stakeholders in the water supply and utilities sector regarding its compliance with Indian standards for usage and distribution.


About ISI / BIS Certification

Indian Standards Institute, or ISI was renamed the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in 1987. The official mark that the Bureau of Indian Standards provides for manufacturers of various goods is the ISI Mark. It is used to indicate compliance with Indian standards (IS) set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and has been used as a conformity marking for industrial products. Manufacturers received permission from BIS to use the ISI Mark on items that comply with relevant Indian requirements through the product certification program. 

Only manufacturers (domestic or foreign) who produce the finished product will be awarded ISI Certification. This will not be given to any product importers, traders, dealers, or distributors.


Documents Required for ISI / BIS Certification

The following documentation is required to get an ISI certification:

  • Main Application Form V
  • Address Proof of Manufacturing Unit
  • Details of Manufacturing Process
  • Test Report of products

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Process of ISI / BIS Certification

There are two approaches for Indian manufacturers to become certified with the ISI Mark:

  • Regular Procedure
  • Simplified Procedure 


Regular Procedure

With the possible exception of cases deemed "All India first," which might take up to 180 days, the licensing procedure is expected to be finished in 120 days. This timeline starts on the day the application is received, assuming that at different points in time the documentation, unit assessment, and product conformance are all deemed acceptable.

Step 1: Manufacturing Unit Customization in Compliance with Applicable Indian Standards

  • Identifying the applicable Indian Standard
  • Establishing in-house testing facilities as per the Standard's requirements

Step 2: Submission of the Application Form

  • Preparing an Internal Test Report for the product by the relevant Indian Standard
  • Compiling all necessary documents
  • Completing the Online Application Form
  • Online payment of application fees directly to BIS
  • Submitting hard copies of the Application Form with all enclosures to the relevant Branch Office (BO) of BIS

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Simplified Procedure

This is a much faster process than the standard procedure. After a factory inspection is deemed satisfactory and the initial evaluation establishes that the sample complies with the applicable Indian Standard(s), the license application process is expected to be finished in 30 days.

Step 1: Adapting the Manufacturing Unit to Comply with the Relevant Indian Standard

  • Identifying the applicable Indian Standard
  • Establishing in-house testing facilities to meet the Standard's requirements

Step 2: Sample Testing

  • Obtaining the necessary certificate for raw materials (Material Test Certificate - MTC)
  • Conducting product sample testing at a BIS-recognized testing laboratory

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ISI Mark Certification Process for Foreign Manufacturers

The process of obtaining ISI Mark Certification for Foreign Manufacturers typically includes the following steps:

Step 1: Application

  • Compile all the required documents.
  • Submit the documents along with the Application Fee.
  • An Application Number will be allotted.
  • Scrutiny of the Application will be conducted within a specified time frame.​

Step 2: Query Raised (If Any)

  • If any documents are missing or there is non-compliance, you will be informed.
  • You need to submit a reply within the given timeframe.

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  •  Expert guidance
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  • Cost-effective solutions
  • Time efficient

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