1. Introduction along with definitions of the terms used in the WQR.
3. Relaxation of requirements
4. Monitoring of Water Supplies
5. Records and Information (annex schedule I and schedule II)
Schedule 1: lists 68 physical, chemical and bacteriological parameters which are based mainly on WHO Water Quality Guidelines. Each licensed company is required to conduct a set of tests assigned according to its activity.
Schedule 2: provides the frequency of sampling required to be conducted per annum by each of the licensed operators according to the their licensed activity.
The Bureau issues guidelines on the compliance with water sampling arrangements to the companies and matters arising from the companies’ quarterly reports. It also notifies the relevant licensed operators of any significant change in the water quality.
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 and most recently in 2009. This is to keep up to date with the recent WHO guidelines, local regulations and standards.
The Water Quality Regulations (Revision 2)