Utility violators to face huge fine after warning

 20 Jan 2014 - 3:06


A man washing a truck with water from a hose pipe. Kahramaa yesterday said people washing vehicles with hose pipe can be fined QR1,000.


DOHA: People found washing cars with a hose pipe outside their homes can be fined QR1,000 if they fail to stop the practice after a warning is issued in writing, says a senior official of utility distributor, Kahramaa.
Similarly, if people keep light bulbs or tubes on outside their homes on between 7am and 4pm, a fine of QR500 could be slapped if they continue with the practice following an initial warning.
However, as for washing cars outside homes, water can be used in a bucket. One or two buckets of water can be used, the official said.
Plants can be sprayed with water but if wastage is found, like if someone leaves a tap open near plants, a warning is to be issued. If repeated, the practice attracts a penalty of QR1,000. 
Inspectors from Kahramaa’s Electricity and Water Consumption Rationalisation Department (known as Tarsheed in Arabic) are on a high alert to help stop wastage of the precious utilities.
The law to rationalise utility consumption was passed in 2008 (Law Number 26 of that year). It made the wastage of utilities punishable by law. 
Leaking pipes are given 72 hours for repair, and if the repair doesn’t take place within that time limit, a fine is imposed.
The inspectors caught more than 3,000 violations last year and some of them were even referred to the police for legal action after they failed to give any heed to warnings, said the head of the monitoring section of Tarsheed, Mohamed Al Hanzab.
Notices are pasted outside the homes of violators and inspectors visit the place again to check compliance, said Al Hanzab.
“If we find that the practice is not stopped, a fine is slapped on the person. If the wastage continues even after the fine, the matter is referred to the police,” he said.
Tens of such violations were forwarded to the police for action last year. Air-conditioners and fluorescent bulbs that are power-efficient, can help one save between 16 and 40 percent of monthly water and electricity bill, Al Hanzab told Al Sharq in an interview published yesterday.
Fluorescent bulbs can actually help save a quarter of a household’s electricity bill.
“Similarly, we get water-efficient taps in the local market. If we fit them at home, up to 50 percent of water can be saved and the bill is reduced,” he said.
The official said that despite inspections, the wastage of water and electricity was continuing on a large scale. “We need to crackdown on violators and stop the wastage.”
The Peninsula