Kahramaa ‘powerless’ to stop water wastage

 08 Jan 2014 - 5:06


DOHA: Public utility Kahramaa yesterday admitted that it was not able to effectively implement a law that was issued a few years ago to help check the wastage of water and electricity by citizens because its inspectors need a court order to enter homes.
Fahad bin Saud Al Hanzab, head of monitoring for the campaign to rationalise the use of water and electricity at Kahramaa, said: “We are doing all we can to help check the waste of the precious utilities, but our inspectors are constrained by the fact that they need a court order to enter a home to check the waste”.
Al Hanzab said since the law came into force in 2008, some 3,000 violations have been detected. He, however, gave no details of action taken against the violators. Water and electricity are supplied free to citizens.
“We are continuing with our monitoring,” the official added, hinting that his department was helpless and could only urge people to respect the law and not waste the precious utilities.
The official was speaking at the Central Municipal Council (CMC), which, at a regular session yesterday, was discussing the issue of locals wasting water and electricity.
Earlier, the vice-chairman of the CMC, Jassem bin Abdullah Al Malki, said while taking part in the discussions that although the rationalisation law banned the use of water for washing cars and watering lawns within homes, a large number of people were continuing with these practices and not respecting 
the law.
“What we need is more intensified monitoring of homes, especially. These are precious utilities,” said Al Malki, hinting that the law had failed to achieve its goal.
The other issue the CMC raised related to large-scale partitioning of villas to make small, makeshift, pigeonhole-like residential units for lower and middle-income expatriate families.
The CMC members taking part in the debate said the House should propose to the authorities concerned that once a villa design has been approved no alterations should be allowed.
The members said partitioned villas led to crowding in localities and put the families residing therein at a huge risk due to the immense load put on electricity supplies, especially.
A third issue the public representative body took up for discussion related to mushrooming massage centres in the country.
The CMC said it was the responsibility of the Supreme Council of Health to coordinate with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning and the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, to make sure that qualified physiotherapists were employed by these centres.
The members said that to do the above, a separate law was needed that would frame rules for massage centres and ensure their regular monitoring.