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Heavy fines for utility conservation law violators

Heavy fines for utility conservation law violators

In a bid to stop wastage of utilities, Kahramaa’s Electricity and Water Consumption Rationalisation Department (Tarsheed) will now impose fines on people wasting water and electricity.This is in accordance with Law No. 26 passed in 2008 (a law to rationalize consumption of utilities), which made the wastage of utilities a punishable offense. Offenders who do not comply with this law even after they are fined will be referred to the police. Last year alone, 3000 such violations were discovered and tens of them were forwarded to the police. This is in accordance with Law No. 26 passed in 2008 (a law to rationalize consumption of utilities), which made the wastage of utilities a punishable offense. Offenders who do not comply with this law even after they are fined will be referred to the police. Last year alone, 3000 such violations were discovered and tens of them were forwarded to the police.

People can use one or two buckets of water to wash cars outside their homes. However, anyone continuing to wash their cars with a hose pipe outside their houses will be fined QR1000, even after being issued a prior warning.
Watering plants using a spray is permitted as long as there is no wastage such as leaving the tap on near plants. In such instances, Kahramaa will issue the offenders a warning. A fine of QR1000 will be imposed on repeat offenders.
Leaking pipes will be given 72 hours for repair, and if these are not fixed within that period, a fine will be imposed. Notices will be placed outside the homes of violators, which inspectors will visit to check for compliance.
In addition, those who leave light bulbs of tubes on outside their homes between 7am and 4pm even after a warning could be fined QR500.

According to a report by The Peninsula, the head of monitoring at Kahramaa Mohamed Al Hanzab recommended using air conditioners and fluorescent light bulbs that are energy efficient as they help save between 16% and 40% of monthly water and electricity bills. Along with these, using water-efficient faucets can also help conserve upto 50 per cent water and hence, water bills.

Not just individual residents, but large organizations and the different buildings around Qatar are also guilty of wasting resources like electricity. Many of them have not really been designed with much forethought regarding energy efficiency standards.

 

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