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The Regulation and Supervision Bureau issues the first Self-Regulating Generation Licence

The Bureau has granted a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Self-Regulating Generation Licence to Khalifa Khamis Saeed...

The Regulation and Supervision Bureau issues the first Self-Regulating Generation Licence
Book of Humanitarian Pioneers; local and international achievements - Khalifa Foundation

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Tawdheef exhibition 2017

The Bureau will be participating in the Tawdheef Exhibition 2017 which is taking place at...

Tawdheef exhibition 2017
The Launching of new Bureau’s publications in the International Water Summit 2017

Abu Dhabi: 18 January 2017: The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (“Bureau”) has shed lights on...

The Launching of new Bureau’s publications in the International Water Summit 2017
IWS 2017

The Bureau will be participating in the 5th International Water Summit (IWS) that is taking...

IWS 2017
The Regulation and Supervision Bureau receives the “Outstanding Government Services” Award

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The Regulation and Supervision Bureau receives the “Outstanding Government Services” Award
Saudi Delegation of Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority visited the RSB

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Saudi Delegation of Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority visited the RSB
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Abu Dhabi Energy Authority chaiman visits SkyLab & meets with Singapore’s Energy Market Authority
Chairman of Abu Dhabi Energy Authority visits Singapore International Energy Week Exhibition

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Chairman of Abu Dhabi Energy Authority visits Singapore International Energy Week Exhibition

Laws and regulations


The water, Electricity and Wastewater (Sewerage Services) Sector is governed by the following laws -

Water and electricity sector

Law No (2) of 1998 Concerning the Regulation of the Water and Electricity Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi ..

Law No (2) of 1998 Concerning the Regulation of the Water and Electricity Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (as amended) (Law No (2))

The following amendments have been made to Law No(2) by -

  • Law No (19) of 2007 (Effective 1 July 2007) which primarily changed the Bureau’s reporting structure to a direct report to the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi together with expanding the Bureau’s authority to licence and regulate entities carrying out the activities of the collection, treatment and disposal of sewerage and wastewater
  • Law No (9) of 2009 (Effective 31 July 2009) which enabled an entity to be licensed by the Bureau to undertake more than one Regulated Activity (“Regulated Activities” are defined in Law No (2))

Wastewater (sewerage services) sector

Law No (17) of 2005 Concerning the Establishment of the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) (as amended) (Law No ..

Law No (17) of 2005 Concerning the Establishment of the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) (as amended) (Law No (17))

The following amendments have been made to Law No (17) by -

  • Law No (18) of 2007 (Effective 1 July 2007) which primarily enabled other Wastewater and Sewerage Services entities other than ADSSC to be licensed by the Bureau and allowed these entities to connect to ADSSC’s Sewerage Services network
  • Law No (12) of 2008 (Effective 11 November 2008) which enabled ADSSC to sell its treated wastewater effluent to other entities
  • Law No (12) of 2009 (Effective 1 July 2009) which changed the shareholding structure (and internal governance) of ADSSC to the ownership and direct report to the Government of Abu Dhabi.

The Bureau monitors all Licensed Operators to ensure that all Regulated Activities are carried out in accordance with the above Laws and their respective Licence obligations.

Under Law No (2) the Bureau has the exclusive authority to regulate the Water, Wastewater (Sewerage Services) and Electricity Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and regulates all Licensed Operators both technically and economically. The Bureau achieves this through issuing various legal instruments under Law No (2) -

Licences – Issued to an entity authorising it to undertake a Regulated Activity. The Bureau issues various types of Licenses which you can view and download by clicking here Licence holders

  • Licence Exemptions – Authorises an entity to undertake a regulated activity without the need for a full licence. Licence exemptions are usually subject to specified conditions. The Bureau must seek approval of the Executive Council before it can issue a licence exemption. Please click here for further information about licence exemptions Licence exemptions
  • Consents – Issued to a licensed operator to undertake certain unlicensed activities. Consents are usually subject to specified conditions. Please click here to view the various types of consents issued by the Bureau Licensing qualifications
  • Derogations – Issued to a licensed operator allowing a derogation from the performance of a particular licence condition. Derogations are usually subject to specified conditions. Please click here to view the various types of derogations issued by the Bureau licensing qualifications
  • Regulations – The Bureau has the power to draft and issue regulations under Law No (2). The following are examples of the purposes for which the Bureau may issue regulations –
  1. secure regular and efficient supplies of water and electricity and the provisions of sewerage services
  2. ensure licensees adhere to prescribed processes and quality standards
  3. ensure the quality of water in mains pipelines is not contaminated
  4. protect the public from danger relating to water, electricity and sewerage services works and installations
  5. prevent wastage of water supplied to customers premises

Tawdheef exhibition 2017

The Bureau will be participating in the Tawdheef Exhibition 2017 which is taking place at ADNEC starting on 30 January to 01 February. The Bureau aims to attract and hire...

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We regulate the

water, wastewater and electricity

sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi