By Staff writer
Gulf state aims to reduce water and electricity consumption per capita by 35% and 20% by 2017
Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has introduced new laws aimed at cutting down on wasting water and using electricity unnecessarily, The Peninsula newspaper reported.
With Qatar having one of the highest per capita consumption of water and electricity in the world, Emir Sheikh Tamim has issued the amendments that will rationalise the use of water and electricity in the country.
A fine of $5,400 (QR20,000) will be issued for wasting tap water, with a ban also imposed on owners or tenants from using hoses or any instruments that allow free flow of water for washing cars or cleaning the building premises, according to the Peninsula. Car wash companies are, however, exempted from this rule.
Anyone who leaves a damaged pipe in the external water network unrepaired, after they receive a notification from the authorities, will also be fined.
With regards to electricity, owner or tenants of a building will face a fine of up to $2,700 for leaving external lights on between 7am to 4.30pm.
The measures have been introduced in lined with Kahramaa’s current campaign, called Tarsheed, which encourages rationalisation of water and electricity. Tarsheed’s targets are to reduce Qatar’s water and electricity consumption per capita by 35% and 20% by 2017.