The Bureau issued the Water Quality Regulations (WQR) in 24 January 2000, after consultation with a range of stakeholders. Since ..
The Bureau issued the Water Quality Regulations (WQR) in 24 January 2000, after consultation with a range of stakeholders. Since then, further amendments have been made, concerning water quality maximum permissible limits and parameters that are likely to be present in the water.
The WQR consist of the following parts:
Part 1: Introduction along with
definitions of the terms used in the WQR.
Relaxation of requirements
Monitoring of Water Supplies
Water Quality Sampling and Testing
Part 6: New Products, Substances and Process
Part 7: Water Quality Audits
Drinking Water Safety Plan
Records and Information
10: Water Quality non-compliance and Incident Reporting
Schedule 1: Parameters &
Limits lists 77 physical, chemical, bacteriological and radiological parameters which are based on GCC
Standardization, endorsed by ESMA and WHO Water Quality Guidelines. Each
licensed company is required to conduct a set of tests assigned according to
Schedule 2: Sampling Frequency provides the frequency of
sampling required to be conducted per annum by each of the licensed operators
according to their licensed activity.
Schedule 3: Initial Entries
Forms. These forms provide basic
information about the licensees' zones, population or volume distributed,
desalination plant, water tanker, well field, reservoir and pumping station which are required to prepare a comprehensive sampling program and make it available
to the Bureau on an annual basis.
Schedule 4: Drinking Water
Performance Indices for Licensed Suppliers contains all relevant
parameters that represent the disinfection, reservoir integrity and
maintenance activities of all licensed suppliers
Assessment and compliance
Assessment is based on reports received from licence holders according to the relevant schedules in the Water Quality Regulations. An assessment report on each company’s performance is issued annually. This is based on the information provided by the companies and the quality of the water supplied, in addition to the compliance with sampling and other statutory requirements.
To comply with the provision of information section in Part 5 of the Regulations, all licensees have to submit a range of information to the Bureau. This information details zones for distribution companies, transmission pumping stations, desalination plants, including well fields for water producers.
The Bureau first issued the WQR in 2000, and has revised them in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2014 to keep up to date with WHO guidelines, local regulations and standards.
For WHO information on drinking water, please click here.