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Fines to curb water, electricity waste in Qatar

Qatar’s utility distributor Kahramaa has begun implementing a law which prescribes deterring fines for wasting electricity and water

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Fines will significantly scale down the amount of water that goes to waste
Fines will significantly scale down the amount of water that goes to waste

 Qatar’s utility distributor Kahramaa has begun implementing a law which prescribes deterring fines for wasting electricity and water.

The penalty for wasting water through a hose or pressure pipe can reach up to QR20,000 for first time violators, while wasting electricity can make one cough up QR10,000 as fine. Fines can be doubled if a violation is repeated within a period of three years.

The law is being enforced by Kahramaa (Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation) following an intensive awareness campaign that covered public and private offices, mosques, schools and homes through various platforms.

Qatar is one of the largest consumers of water and electricity although it has scarce natural water sources and depends almost solely on desalinated sea water.

According to Kahramaa, electricity will be considered as being wasted if bulbs, tubes or any other such devices fitted outside a building are found switched on between 7am and 4.30pm.

The law is part of a national program for conservation and energy efficiency, Tarsheed, that aims to cut water waste by 35% and 20% for electricity.

Kahramaa reported in November that it had successfully reduced electricity waste by 14% and water waste by 16%.

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