Dubai Municipality has doubled the sewerage fee for Dubai residents to one fils per gallon of water. The new fee will be charged from March 2015.
The new rate means, for example, a monthly sewerage fee on 2,029 gallons of water — Dh10.15 — would double to Dh20.30.
The Emiri decree has been issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai. The new decree replaces the older order issued in December 1995 that regulated the imposition of fees for sewerage operations in the emirate of Dubai.
Under the decree, the new fee applies to all buildings connected to the main public sewerage network of Dubai Municipality. Residents in buildings not connected to the main municipality system will continue to pay the old 0.5 fils per gallon rate.
Dubai has special free zones that have their own internal sewerage systems, such as sewage treatment plants. Their networks are nevertheless supervised by the municipality. The recent decree brings all such zones under Dubai municipality’s jurisdiction. While the municipality will impose the fee, the collection will be handled by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).