The Public Works Authority (Ashghal), in co-operation with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), is set to charge a wastewater disposal service fee beginning with the consumption bill for January 2021.
"The fee will be equivalent to 20% of the value of the monthly Kahramaa water bill, issued from February 2021," Ashghal said in statement yesterday.
These procedures are part of implementing the Resolution (No. 211) of 2019, issued by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) determining fees for various services provided by Ashghal to establishments and individuals as it was announced in January 2020.
The fee is introduced in a bid to improve efficiency and quality of infrastructure services provided by the government and to rationalise water consumption and preserve water resources of Qatar in the wake of increasing global water scarcity.
It may be noted that major drainage network services for people include disposal of drainage water from homes and establishments of any type, connected to the drainage network.
Service fees for homes of Qatari citizens are subject to the exemption rules followed by Kahramaa. As for non-Qatari residents and establishments of any kind, service fees will be calculated at 20% of the value of the monthly water bill issued by Kaharamaa. For example, if the value of the water bill is QR 300, the value of wastewater charges will be QR60. However, if the water bill is within the exemption for Qatari citizens, no additional fee for wastewater service will be added.
Wastewater is transported through substations and major pumping stations to huge treatment plants where it undergoes complex cleaning and sterilisation procedures. It can be reused for various purposes including irrigation of green areas, sand-washing, cooling and others.