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Abu Dhabi: Fines up to Dh1 Million for disposing of toxic material in rainwater drainage networks

Abu Dhabi: Fines up to Dh1 Million for disposing of toxic material in rainwater drainage networks


Both individuals and projects will be punished depending on the nature of the violation and the recurrence rate in order to protect the environment.



Published: Sun 6 Feb 2022, 2:34 PM

Last updated: Sun 6 Feb 2022, 2:43 PM

Environment authorities in Abu Dhabi warn that toxic or hazardous materials cannot be discharged into storm or rainwater drainage networks or sewage systems.

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), stated that environmental violations will be issued depending on the type of violation, recurrence rate, and individual to facilities, individuals, in order to protect and preserve our environment.

According to EAD toxic or hazardous materials can be discharged to sewage or stormwater drainage networks. This causes degradation of water quality, marine habitat, and significant damage to infrastructures and assets.

It also kills marine mammals and fish, EAD stated on Twitter.

Residents and businesses are urged to adhere to environmental laws and permit conditions to avoid violations.

EAD had announced in December 2013 that it would pay fines ranging between Dh1,000 and Dh1 Million for Abu Dhabi environment violations.

According to authorities, the fine amount depends on the nature of the violation, the extent and rate of damage to the environment.

Violations are classified into three categories: industrial development; hunting, biodiversity, and reserves; and fishing or discharge in the marine environment. Repeat violations result in a higher fine.


This was done by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Board Of Directors of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi) who issued a new resolution.

The law covers all practices that cause harm to the environment that are not covered by the current regulations.

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