The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB), the independent regulatory body for the water, wastewater and electricity sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has launched new regulations dealing with the control of effluent and recyclable water.

The regulations will come into immediate effect and are the product of a three-year consultation process across the wastewater sector.

The Trade Effluent Control Regulations will govern all non-domestic discharges into the emirate’s sewerage system.

Previously, there were no formal controls over what businesses were allowed to discharge, which put a strain on the wastewater treatment system and posed an environmental issue

Under the new regulations, wastewater operating companies, including Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) and the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (Zonescorp), can require companies to obtain a consent for their wastewater before discharging it into the sewerage system.

Sewerage services companies are also required to maintain trade effluent registers recording the activities of organisations discharging wastewater into the system.

The Recycled Water and Biosolids Regulation has been introduced to ensure high standards for the treatment of wastewater in Abu Dhabi and hence maximise the opportunity to reuse products.

Sewerage services companies will now be required to guarantee the quality of the wastewater delivered to users.