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Ministerial Decision No. (1/267) of 22/4/1426 H


Regulation of Violations, Penalties and Indemnity Estimation for the Protection of the Facilities of the Ministry of Water and Electricity

 

Article 1

Definitions

Unless otherwise stated by the text, the following words and phrases shall have the stated meanings: 

 1.1 Ministry: Ministry of Water and Electricity 

 1.2 Minister: Minister of Water and Electricity 

1.3 Concerned Authority: Deputy Minister for Water; General Directorates in regions; branches and departments responsible for managing, operating and maintaining Ministry facilities. 

1.4 Ministry Facilities: Any installations for water, sewage, dams or other installation under supervision/of the Ministry. 

1.5 Violator: Any natural or legal person, or working for either, that commits an action resulting in obstruction or damage to the facilities of the Ministry. 

1.6 Regulation: Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities, issued by Royal Decree no. (2/62), dated 02/12/1405H, and any subsequent amendments.

​1.7 Regulation: Regulation of Violations, Penalties and Indemnity Estimation for the Protection of the Facilities of the Ministry of Water and Electricity.

1.8 Rules: Rules for detecting, proving and investigating violations of the Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities issued by the resolution of the Minister of Interior no. (94), dated 05/01/1407H, and any subsequent amendments.

Article 2

Protection of Facilities

2.1 The Concerned Authority must prevent any action that might have an impact on Ministry facilities before a proper permit is obtained. The Concerned Authority must provide all necessary drawings, plans and instructions for the concerned facility before starting the execution. During execution, the Concerned Authority must take utmost precautions to protect the facility and ensure uninterrupted services. 

​2.2 Upon noticing any temporary or permanent activities near any facility, and to prevent any possible damage, the Concerned Authority must immediately visit the location and define necessary arrangements to be taken for its protection. If the person performing such activities refrains from applying such arrangements and continues its activities, the Concerned Authority shall be entitled to take any necessary procedures to prevent damage. 

Article 3

Reporting a Violation

Before starting any activity, all natural and legal persons must abide by the rules and procedures stipulated by this Regulation. In case any damage is caused to any facility, the causer must report it immediately to the Ministry. If the causer does not report the damage, the penalty indicated in the annexed table shall be doubled.

Article 4

Detecting and Proving Violations

4.1 The Concerned Authority shall assume the job of detecting, examining the location, proving and investigating violations, finalizing penalty procedures, assessing indemnity for damages and setting the imposed penalty as stipulated by the provisions of this Regulation. 

4.2 Detecting, proving and investigating violations shall be documented according to the minutes form no. 2, article 4 of the Rules. 

4.3 If a preliminary investigation of the location casts any doubt over intention, the violator refuses to sign the detection and investigation minutes or violator was not detected, then the violations must be reported to the nearest police station according to letterform no. 1 of the Rules.

Article 5

Indemnity of Violation

The violator shall pay the costs of repair and indemnity of all damages resulting from his violation. When assessing indemnity, the Concerned Authority shall consider the following: 

 5.1 The value of the materials used for repairing the damage to include the value of devices, equipment, parts, extensions and anything needed to return the damaged item to original condition or replace it; in addition to repair costs and labor wages according to actual work hours. 

 5.2 Without prejudice to article 11 of the Regulation, the value of the wasted water shall be assessed by cubic meter, whether it was potable or non-potable, according to the rules stipulated by circular no. 3364/7B, dated 03/02/1408H as follows: 

  • 5.2.1 Assessment of wasted water: diameter of the broken/punctured pipe x speed of water flow x time x SR4 per cubic meter. 
  • 5.2.2 Time mentioned in previous paragraph is calculated from the time of occurrence until the flow of water is ceased. Minimum calculated time is one hour. 
  • ​5.2.3 Speed of water flow in pipes is one meter per second. 
  • 5.2.4 Water must be closed as soon as possible, provided that the time difference between reporting the incident and cessation of water does not exceed one hour. The violator shall not incur any excess time. 

5.3 Illegally consumed water: 

  • 5.3.1 If an amount of water was consumed before installing the meter, or from a point before the location of the meter, the Concerned Authority shall estimate the amount. 
  • 5.3.2 If water was consumed by a meter stopped by the subscriber, the amount shall be estimated according to previous consumption rates or the estimated rate of consumption. 
  • 5.3.3 If water consumed was from a tanker, the amount shall be estimated according to the capacity of the used tanker. 
  • 5.3.4 If the network does not comprise meters, the Concerned Authority shall estimate the consumed amount. 

5.4 The value of any benefit or indemnity for any other damages resulting from the violation and not stated in this article.

Article 6

Removing Violations and Repairing Damages

The Concerned Authority shall remove and repair any damages resulting from the violation as soon as possible, and the violator shall incur all estimated costs and indemnities according to the provisions of this Regulation. If the violator was a contractor classified in the same field, or was executing works for the same authority at the time of violation, the Concerned Authority may commit the violator to repair the damages caused by his violation on his own expense, under its supervision and according to its own terms and conditions. In this case, the amount incurred by the contractor against repairs shall be deducted from indemnity items stipulated in article 5.

Article 7

Estimation of Penalties and Assessment of Damages

7.1 The Concerned Authority shall consider the written minutes on detection of the violation, and assess due penalties and indemnities based on the scale of the violation according to the table of penalties annexed to this Regulation.

7.2 In case of any violation not listed in the annexed tables, the Minister is entitled to estimate the imposed penalties, provided they do not exceed the maximum amount imposed by the Regulation.

Article 8 

Resolution for Collecting the Amount Penalty and Costs of the Violation

After finalizing the procedures of defining the costs and penalty amount, as well as estimating the due indemnity, the manager of the Concerned Authority shall send all related documents with his comments to the related Deputy Minister or General Director to issue the resolution for collecting the penalty amount and costs of violation. Before issuing the resolution, he is entitled to order the completion of any items or procedures deemed necessary.

Article 9 

Repeat Violations

9.1 In case any violations stated in this Regulation are repeated, the Concerned Authority is entitled to impose a penalty higher than the stated minimum limit, provided it does not exceed the maximum limit stated in the Regulation. 

9.2 The Concerned Authority shall prepare a log for recording related information such as the name of violator, type of violation, date and place of violation and the amount of penalty and indemnity collected. 

Article 10 

Payment of Penalty and Indemnity

10.1         Violator must pay due amounts within a period of not less than sixty (60) days from when he is notified in writing of the resolution issued in this regard.

Group One 

Water Facilities Violations 

Deliberate Damage or Obstruction of any Connections or Installations by Violator or Accessory

(Maximum limit SR100,000 – Article 5 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation​​ Penalty (SR)​
1 Deliberate obstruction, destruction or damage to installations, tanks or accessories 100,000
2 Deliberate obstruction, destruction or damage to equipment, pumping stations or accessories 100,000​
3 Deliberate obstruction, destruction or damage to a deep well (deeper than 200 meters) ​100,000
4 Deliberate obstruction, destruction or damage to a surface well (200 meters or less) 50,000​
5

Deliberate breakage or damage to a main waterline valve with a diameter of:

a.     300mm – 500mm

b.     500mm – 1,000mm

c.      More than 1,000mm

 

25,000

50,000

100,000

6 Deliberate breakage or damage to a sub-waterline valve (diameter less than 300mm) 20,000
7 Deliberate breakage or damage to a house connection or bariza 10,000
8 Deliberate breakage or damage to fire hydrant, its pipe or protecting barrier, or distortion of its shape 10,000​
9 Deliberate breakage or damage to water valve box or manhole 7,000
10 Deliberate diversion of waterline flow or level 20,000
11 Deliberate opening, closure or distortion of the shape of main waterline valve or any accessories fully or partially 20,000​
12 Deliberate opening, closure or distortion of the shape of sub- waterline valve or any accessories fully or partially 10,000
13 Deliberate construction of a building or any installation over the main waterline 30,000
14 Deliberate construction of a building or any installation over the sub-waterline 15,000
15 Deliberate throwing or putting any harmful materials – solid, liquid or gaseous – in water tanks, stations or extensions 100,000
16 Deliberate throwing or putting any harmful materials in valley streams that have potable water wells or dams 50,000
17 Deliberate throwing or putting any harmful materials in wells, including private and individual wells 50,000​
18 Deliberate breakage, destruction or obstruction to tanker filling stations 10,000​
19 Deliberate obstruction, destruction or damage to drinking unit 10,000
20 Deliberate sabotage and destruction to drainage wells for drinking water 5,000​
21 Deliberate sabotage and destruction to drinking basins for cattle or camels 5,000​
22 Deliberate breakage, destruction or sabotage to certain installations, rooms and fences 5,000​
23 Deliberate assault on the borders of main and sub waterlines, dabools and springs 10,000​
24 Deliberate cut or destruction to operation cable 10,000
25 Deliberate destruction of the pipes' cathode protection 8,000
26 Deliberate destruction or removal of the alabaster measure or other measuring devices 10,000
27 Deliberate destruction or removal of warning or memorial signs 5,000
28 Deliberate destruction, stealing or obstruction of lighting work, lamps or headlamps ​​5,000
29 Deliberate vandalizing or contamination of water facilities with paint or other harmful materials 500
30 Deliberate breakage or destruction of the manual wells' lids 5,000

Group Two 

Water Facilities Violations 

Damaging or Obstructing any Connections or Ministry Installations 

 (Maximum limit SR100,000 – Article 6 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Causing obstruction, destruction or damage to installations, tanks or accessories 30,000
2 Causing obstruction, destruction or damage to equipment, pumping stations or accessories 30,000
3 Causing obstruction, destruction or damage to a deep well (deeper than 200 meters) 30,000
4 Causing obstruction, destruction or damage to a surface well (200 meters or less) 10,000
5 Causing delay, destruction or damage to saline water conversion plant or dams 30,000
6

Causing breakage or destruction to a main waterline valve with diameter of:

a.     300mm – 500mm

b.     500mm – 1,000mm

c.      More than 1,000mm

 

25,000

50,000

100,000

7 Causing breakage or damage to a sub-waterline valve (diameter less than 300mm) 5,000
8 Causing breakage or damage to a house connection or bariza 2,000
9 Causing breakage or damage to fire hydrant or its pipe 2,000
10 Causing breakage, damage or distorting the shape of a water valve box or manhole 500
11 Causing breakage or damage to water meter box or accessories 500
12 Causing breakage or damage to water meter or accessories 500
13 Causing breakage, damage or distorting the shape of main waterline valve or any accessories fully or partially 8,000
14 Causing breakage, damage or distorting the shape of sub-waterline valve or any accessories fully or partially 3,000
15 Throwing or putting any harmful materials – solid, liquid or gaseous – in water tanks, stations or extensions 20,000
16 Throwing or putting any harmful materials in valley streams that have potable water wells or dams 10,000
17 Throwing or putting any harmful materials in wells, including private and individual wells 10,000
18 Causing breakage, destruction or obstruction to tanker filling stations 5,000
19 Causing obstruction, destruction or damage to drinking units 3,000
20 Causing destruction, breakage or disconnection to chlorine equipment 4,000
21 Causing sabotage and destruction to drainage wells for drinking water 2,000
22 Causing sabotage and destruction to drinking basins for cattle or camels 2,000
23 Causing breakage, destruction or sabotage to certain installations, rooms and fences 2,000
24 Causing breakage or destruction of the wells' manual lids 2,000
25 Causing damage or destruction to operation cables 3,000
26 Causing the destruction of pipes' cathode protection 2,000
27 Causing the destruction or removal of the alabaster measure or other measuring devices 3,000
28 Causing the destruction or removal of warning or memorial signs 2,000
29 Causing destruction or obstruction of lighting work, lamps or headlamps 2,000

Group Three

Water Facilities Violations 

Breaking into Ministry Installations or Networks 

(Maximum limit SR50,000 – Article 7 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Breaking into a tank or any water source to take water 20,000
2 Breaking into a main waterline to take water (300m and above) 15,000
3 Breaking into a sub-waterline to take water (less than 300m) 5,000
4 Breaking into a house connection to take water 2,000
5 Breaking into a fire hydrant or connection to take water 10,000
6 Taking water from a point outside the meter 2,000
7 Using potable water for other purposes 900
8 Misuse of water, causing a leak outside subscriber's building 200
9 Connecting water before obtaining approval or paying fees 2,000
10 Connecting water after submitting application, obtaining approval and paying fees 1,000
11 Opening water meter before obtaining approval 200
12 Opening water meter after it is closed by authority 200
13 Connecting water after authority has removed meter 2,000
14 Installing a pump on water connection to get more water 1,000​

Group Four 

Water Facilities Violations 

Tampering with Water Meter to Obstruct or Damage its Function

 (Maximum limit SR3,000 – Article 8 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No.​ Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Using any materials, tools or devices to stop or slow down the meter 1,000
2 Removing and reinstalling a reversed meter 1,000
3 Breaking the glass on the meter 1,000
4 Changing the location of the meter 500
5 Loosening or distorting the shape of the meter using any method 1,000
6 Tampering with the meter from the inside or outside to disrupt its function 1,000
7 Replacing the meter with another, even with the same diameter and specifications 1,000
8 Damaging the mechanism to read the meter by touch or remotely 1,000​​

Group Five

Water Facilities Violations

 Giving Water to Others for Illegal Use 

(Maximum limit SR2,000 – Article 9 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Giving water to others for drinking 1,000
2 Giving water to others for free through fixed installations for drinking 500
3 Giving water to others against payment for non-drinking purposes 2,000
4 Giving water to others for free for non-drinking purposes 1,000​

Group Six 

Water Facilities Violations 

Deliberate Violations of Wastewater Facilities 

Deliberate Damage or Obstruction of any Connections or Installations by Violator or Accessory 

 (Maximum limit SR100,000 – Article 5 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Deliberate damage to treatment plant,  installations, equipment or accessories 100,000
2 Deliberate damage to suction or pumping stations  or accessories 100,000
3 Deliberate breakage or damage to a main wastewater line (diameter 500mm and above) 25,000
4 Deliberate breakage or damage to a sub-wastewater line (diameter less than 500mm) 15,000
5 Deliberate breakage or damage to a house wastewater connection 10,000
6 Deliberate breakage, damage, filling up or distortion of the shape of matbaqs and rooms over wastewater network. 5,000
7 Deliberate throwing of solid debris or earth in matbaq or room installed over wastewater network 30,000
8 Deliberate throwing of oils, lubricants, chemicals, industrial or medical waste or any liquids, noncompliant with the terms of drainage into networks, in manholes or rooms installed over wastewater network 30,000
9 Deliberate throwing of wastewater, noncompliant with the terms of drainage into networks, in manholes or rooms installed over wastewater network 10,000
10 Emptying of wastewater tanks containing wastewater, compliant with the terms of drainage into networks, or rainwater or surface water, in manholes or rooms installed over wastewater network 900
11 Deliberate breakage, destruction or distortion of the shape of manholes or cleaning room. 3,000
12 Construction of permanent installations over a wastewater line 10,000
13 Construction of permanent or temporary installations over a main wastewater line, leading to its disruption or breakage 30,000
14 Construction of permanent or temporary installations over a sub-wastewater line, leading to its disruption and breakage 20,000
15 Deliberate pumping of ground, surface, rain or other water in wastewater networks without a prior permit 10,000
16 Deliberate change of wastewater flow, line level or connection 10,000
17 Failing to install a trap for oils and lubricants in activities that require such traps such as cafeterias, poultry shops, restaurants, kitchens, wedding palaces, car wash stations etc. 5,000
18 Installing barriers that impede the maintenance of wastewater lines, manholes or cleaning rooms 5,000
19 Leaving the covers of manholes, inspection or cleaning rooms open 2,000
20 Failing to abide by oil traps requirements and instructions 200
21 Failing to install safety covers on the openings of tanks of buildings, public or private installations; or removing them after installation 200​

Group Seven

 Water Facilities Violations 

Non-Deliberate Violations of Wastewater Facilities 

Causing Damage or Obstruction to any Connections or Installations 

(Maximum limit SR100,000 – Article 6 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Causing damage to treatment plant,  installations, equipment or accessories 40,000
2 Causing damage to suction or pumping stations or accessories 20,000
3 Causing breakage or damage to a main wastewater line (diameter 500mm and above) 15,000
4 Causing breakage or damage to a sub-wastewater line (diameter less than 500mm) 8,000
5 Causing breakage or damage to a house wastewater connection 3,000
6 Causing breakage, damage or distorting the shape of manhole 2,000
7 Causing harmful materials – solid or liquid – to leak in manholes or room installed over wastewater network 10,000
8 Causing breakage, damage or distorting the shape of manhole or cleaning rooms 1,000
9 Causing damage or obstruction to wastewater network lines that drain groundwater, surface water or anything else after obtaining a permit to drain to the network 4,000
10 Leakage of oils and lubricants from traps to wastewater networks of cafeterias, poultry shops and small restaurants. 1,000
11 Leakage of oils and lubricants from traps to wastewater networks of large restaurants, kitchens, wedding palaces, car wash stations etc. 2,000
12 Causing blockage to wastewater network or house connections due to misuse 5,000
13 Emptying materials containing oils or other prohibited materials into the network 2,000​
14 Leaking of wastewater from manhole or building 200​

Group Eight 

Water Facilities Violations 

Breaking Into Wastewater Facilities or Networks for Illegal Use 

 (Maximum limit SR50,000 – Article 7 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Breaking into a main wastewater line (500mm and above) or a manhole to connect to the wastewater network 10,000
2 Breaking into a sub-wastewater line (less than 500mm) or a manhole to connect to the wastewater network 5,000
3 Breaking into a house wastewater connection to connect to the wastewater network 2,000
4 Breaking into an inspection room or a manhole for draining groundwater, surface water or rainwater by removing the lid or making holes in it 3,000
5 Connecting a wastewater line to the main or sub line before obtaining a permit 5,000
6 Connecting wastewater to networks after submitting the application 1,000

Group Nine 

Wastewater Facilities Violations

 Giving Water to Others for Illegal Use 

(Maximum limit SR2,000 – Article 9 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation​ Penalty (SR)
1 Allowing others to use wastewater network via fixed installations 2,000
2 Allowing others to use wastewater network via temporary installations 1,000

Group Ten 

Dams Violations 

Deliberate Damage or Obstruction of any Connections or Installations by Violator or Accessory 

(Maximum limit SR100,000 – Article 5 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Deliberate drainage of harmful materials via channels or extensions 50,000
2 Deliberate throwing of harmful materials – solid or liquid - into valley streams with dams (built upon them) 5,000
3 Deliberate emptying of wastewater tankers into valley streams with dams (built upon them) 900
4 Deliberate damage to operators' buildings, fences or installations annexed to the dams 5,000
5 Deliberate removal of the alabaster measurement or other measuring and surveillance devices 10,000
6 Deliberate destruction or removal of warning or memorial signs or distinctive markings of storage basins 5,000
7 Deliberate destruction, stealing or obstruction of lighting works, lamps or headlamps 5,000
8 Vandalism or deformation of dams or their accessories 800
9 Deliberate breakage or destruction of surveillance wells' lids in dams 1,000
10 Deliberate use of any kind of explosives near the body of the dam without referring to the Ministry 100,000
11 Deliberate breakage or destruction of one of the front or back plates of the dam 50,000
12 Deliberate destruction or removal of protection barriers or stairs of the dams 5,000
13 Deliberate breakage or removal of the gates or valves of the dams, or destruction of gate keys, hoists or any operating procedure 50,000
14 Deliberate burying of maintenance openings of the gates and valves for disabling them 20,000
15 Deliberate burying or filling in the feeding inlets that lead to the valves situated in storage basins 30,000
16 Deliberate opening or closure of gates during floods without referring to the Ministry 20,000​
17 Deliberate destruction or disabling of alarm siren 30,000
18 Deliberate obstruction of the work of approved operators during floods 20,000
19 Construction of installations on the plates or walls of dams or within the storage basin or its surroundings 50,000
20 Deliberately driving cars on the ramps of dam plates 1,500

Group Eleven 

Dams Violations 

Causing Damage or Obstruction of any Connections or Installations by Violator or Accessory 

 (Maximum limit SR100,000 – Article 6 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Causing damage to operators' buildings, fences or installations annexed to the dams

2,000

2 Causing removal of the alabaster measurement or other measuring and surveillance devices 3,000
3 Causing destruction or removal of warning or memorial signs or distinctive markings of storage basins

2,000​

4 Causing destruction or obstruction of lighting works, lamps or headlamps 2,000
5 Causing breakage or destruction of one of the front or back plates of the dam 10,000
6 Deliberate destruction or removal of protection barriers or stairs of the dams 3,000
7 Causing the burial of maintenance openings of the gates and valves for disabling them 5,000
8 Causing the burial of or filling in the feeding inlets that lead to the valves situated in storage basins 5,000​​​

Group Twelve 

Dams Violations 

Violating Dams for Illegal Use 

 (Maximum limit SR50,000 – Article 7 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Drawing water from pressure relief inspection rooms situated behind the dams

500

2 Violating the valleys behind the dams by blocking it with earth barriers to sell water or block it from others 10,000
3 Drawing water from a storage basin with temporary or fixed extensions

5,000

4 Taking earth from dams’ storage basins without a permit or not abiding by permit conditions 3,000

Group Thirteen 

Water Conservation Violations 

Refraining from Installing Water Conservation Tools 

(Maximum limit SR50,000 – Article 7 of Regulation for the Protection of Public Facilities)

No. Violation Penalty (SR)
1 Refraining from ins​talling water conservation tools

200

​In case water conservation tools were not installed, removed or tampered with, service shall be disconnected and the penalty shall be doubled – 
​Article (9/1 ) of Regulation for Repeating the Violation.​


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