Water Supplies (Out Islands) Rules


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Water Supplies (Out Islands) Rules
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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

CHAPTER 197

WATER SUPPLIES (OUT ISLANDS) RULES

(SECTION 22)

1. These Rules may be cited as the Water Supplies
(Out Islands) Rules, and shall come into operation in
relation to any district on such day as the Minister may
appoint by notice in the Gazette1.

2. In these Rules, unless the context otherwise
requires —

“Act” means the Water Supplies (Out Islands) Act;
“consumer” means the owner, lessee or occupier of

any premises, the receiver, attorney, agent,
manager, guardian, or committee of such
owner, lessee or occupier, or any other person
in charge or having the control or possession of
any premises in the right of the owner, or
having possession in this own right or in that of
his wife or any other person;

“distributing pipe” means any pipes conveying water
supplied by the Minister and directly connected
to the supply pipe and owned by the consumer;

“gallon” means the imperial gallon (4.546 litres);
“premises” means any dwelling house, hotel, shop,

office or any place of business, together with all
appurtenances;

“service pipe or main” means any pipe line of the
water supply system owned and controlled by
the Minister and intended for distribution of
water;

“supply pipe” means a pipe directly subject to water
pressure from a service pipe or main and owned
by the consumer;


1 See p. 14, post.

S.I. 83/1971
S.I. 89/1971
S.I. 19/1981
S.I. 14/1986
S.I. 65/1993
S.I. 16/1999

Citation and
commencement.

Interpretation.

Ch. 197.

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“water closet” means a closet which has a separate
fixed receptacle connected to a sewerage
system and separate provision for flushing from
a supply of clean water either by the operation
of mechanism or by automatic action;

“water for domestic purposes” means a supply of
water for use on premises for the reasonable
drinking, washing, cleaning, cooking and sani-
tary requirements of the consumer.

3. The Minister may, on application made to him
in writing by the owner or occupier of any premises who
desires to have a supply of water for domestic purposes or
any other purpose, agree to supply water to such person in
accordance with the provisions of the Act and these Rules.

4. (1) Subject to the provisions of this rule, no
water shall be supplied to water closets in any district
specified in the First Schedule.

(2) Where a water closet is installed in any building
or in any part of any building in any district specified in the
First Schedule, no water connection shall be made unless
an independent water supply system has been installed to
supply the water closets in such building or such part of a
building.

(3) If a water closet is installed on an existing water
connection in a building or part of a building in a district
specified in the First Schedule then, unless an independent
water supply system is installed to the water closets in the
said building or part of a building, the connection shall be
cut off.

(4) Water shall not be supplied through any one
metered connection with the supply main to more than four
water closets in a district not specified in the First
Schedule.

(5) Where, in a district not specified in the First
Schedule, more than four water closets are installed in any
new building on one proposed metered water connection or
in any part of any new building such part being on one
proposed metered water connection, then, no water
connection shall be made until an independent water
supply system has been installed to supply all the water
closets in such new building or such part of a new building.

Supply of water
to premises.

Water closets.

First Shedule.

First Shedule.

First Schedule.

First Schedule.

First Schedule.

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(6) If an additional water closet is installed so that
the number installed exceeds four water closets in a
building or part of a building on an existing water
connection in a district not specified in the First Schedule,
then the connection shall be cut off unless an independent
water supply system is installed to supply all the water
closets in the said building or part of a building.

(7) Notwithstanding the provisions of this rule, the
Minister may agree to provide a supply of water on a
temporary basis for the duration of the construction,
renovation or alteration of a building or where the
condition of any premises is detrimental to health.

(8) The Minister may in special circumstances
exempt the owner of any premises from any of the
provisions of this rule.

5. For the purposes of these Rules no plumbing or
fitting of any description whatsoever, in relation to, or in
connection with, the water supply system, shall be done
either inside or outside of any premises except by a person
holding a licence to carry out such work issued by the
Minister. This rule applies to all existing installations,
repairs to same, and to all new works.

6. Every supply pipe shall be fitted inside the
premises with a stop valve with an area of waterway of a
size and type approved by the Minister and such stop valve
shall, if below the surface of the ground, be suitably
protected by a box of a size and type approved by the
Minister and fitted with a proper cover.

7. The Minister shall be responsible for all repairs
to a service pipe or main, but such responsibility shall
cease at the consumer’s side of the meter at a point where
the supply pipe is connected.

8. No supply pipe or distributing pipe shall be laid
so as to pass through any sewer or drain or any man-hole
connected therewith or into or through any ashpit or
manure hole, or be laid or allowed to remain in contact
with any foul soil or injurious matter. Where the laying of
such pipe through foul soil cannot be avoided, such pipe
shall be sufficiently protected from contact with such soil
either by being carried through an exterior cast iron pipe or
by other means approved by the Minister.

First Schedule.

Plumbing to be
done by persons
holding a licence.

Stop valve or
supply pipe.

Repairs to service
pipe or main.

Laying of supply
pipes.

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9. From and after the commencement of these
Rules, every pipe laid or fixed in connection with water
supplied by the Minister shall, when laid in open ground,
be laid at least one foot below the surface and be protected
against its being affected in any way by salt or brackish
water.

10. No pipe for the conveyance of or in any way
connected with the water supplied by the Minister shall
connect with any pump, pipe fitting or other receptacle
used or intended to be used for the conveyance or reception
of any water other than supplied by the Minister, except
with the permission of the Minister in writing.

11. Unless otherwise specially authorised, no pipe
through which water is supplied by the Minister to any
water closet, slop sink or urinal, shall connect with any part
of such water closet, slop sink, urinal or any apparatus
connected therewith except the flushing cistern thereof.

12. (1) Water supplied to a consumer shall be
measured by means of a meter supplied and fixed by the
Minister and the register of such meter shall be prima facie
evidence of the quantity of water consumed.

(2) Where any question arises between the Minister
and a consumer as to the reading of a meter, the meter shall
be tested.

(3) If a meter on being tested is proved to register
incorrectly to any degree exceeding five per cent —

(a) the meter shall be deemed to have registered
incorrectly to that degree since the last occasion
but one before the date of the test on which a
reading of the index of the meter was taken by
the Minister, unless it is proved to have begun to
register incorrectly on some later date; and

(b) the amount of any refund to be made to or of
any extra payment to be made by, the consumer,
shall be paid or allowed by the Minister or paid
to the consumer, as the case may be, and in the
case of extra payment, shall be recoverable in
the manner in which water rates are recoverable.

Depth of pipe.

No connection
with other water
supply.

Supply through
cisterns flushing
to water closets.

Register of meter
to be evidence.

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(4) Where a meter for any reason ceases, omits or
otherwise fails to register the quantity of water consumed,
a consumer shall pay in respect of such water supplied a
reasonable sum based on the quantity of the consumption
of such consumer ascertained by comparison with similar
periods.

13. A consumer supplied with water by the Minister
who sells any of that water to another person shall be guilty
of an offence under these Rules and liable on summary
conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.

14. Any person who, without the authority of the
Minister, removes or otherwise interferes with any meter
shall be guilty of an offence under these Rules and liable
on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty
dollars.

15. (1) The owner of any premises supplied with
water by the Minister or any other person liable for the
payment of the water rates, shall give to the Minister notice
in writing of his intention to discontinue the use of such
water, or of the intention on the part of the occupier to
vacate such premises, seven days before such
discontinuance or such vacation, and if such person
neglects to give the required notice, he shall be liable to
pay for the water registered by the meter until the use of
the water is discontinued or the premises become vacant,
as the case may be, whichever is the later date.

(2) The notice required by paragraph (1) of this rule
shall be of no effect unless such notice is in writing signed
by or on behalf of the person liable for payment of the
water rates and is left at, or sent by registered post to, the
office of the Commissioner of the district concerned.

16. Any person authorised by the Minister under the
Act to enter any premises for the purpose of exercising his
functions under the said Act shall be furnished with an
authority signed by an official of the Ministry and shall, if
required to do so, produce such authority to the occupier of
the premises which are being inspected.

17. (1) If the owner or occupier of any premises
wilfully or negligently causes or suffers any pipe, faucet,
valve, flushing cistern or other water fitting which he is
liable to maintain to —

Sale of water.

Interference with
meters.

Notice of
discontinuation
of supply.

Inspector to
produce
authority.

Penalty for
waste, etc., of
water by non-
repair of water
fittings.

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(a) be or remain so out of order, or so in need of
repair; or

(b) be or remain so constructed or adapted, or be so
used, that the water supplied to those premises
by the Minister is, or is likely to be wasted,
misused or unduly consumed or contaminated
before use, he shall be guilty of an offence and
liable on summary conviction to a fine not
exceeding fifty dollars.

(2) If any water fittings referred to in paragraph (1)
of this rule which any person is liable to maintain, is in
such condition or so constructed or adapted as aforesaid,
the Minister, without prejudice to his right to institute
proceedings under paragraph (1), may serve a notice on
that person requiring him to carry out any necessary repairs
or alterations within twenty-four hours and if he fails to do
so within the time specified in the notice, then a person
authorised by the Minister may enter such premises and cut
off the water supply.

18. Where the Minister supplies water —
(a) to any premises for domestic purposes or any

other purpose or to any government department;
(b) to any ship; or
(c) to any builder for the purpose of erecting a new

building,
there shall be payable in respect thereof the water rates
respectively set out in the Second Schedule.

19. (1) The Minister shall in respect of the rental of
a water meter, charge the following rates:

Entry and discharge pipes —
(i) Up to and including ½ in. pipes $1.00per quarter

(ii) 2 in. pipes $2.00 per quarter
(iii) 3 in. pipes $3.00 per quarter
(iv) 4 in. pipes $4.00 per quarter

(2) When, at the request of a consumer, a reading of
a meter is made at a time other than that of the normal time
of such reading, the consumer shall pay a charge of five
dollars. At the time of any such reading the Minister shall,
if so required by the consumer, turn the water on or off.

Water rates.

Second Schedule.

Rental of water
meters.

S.I. 65/1993.

S.I. 65/1993.

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(3) The charge for installing, removing or replacing a
meter at the request of the owner shall be ten dollars.

(4) The charge for installing a meter on an existing
water connections shall be ten dollars.

(5) A meter may be removed for failure to pay
water rates or charges and a meter so removed shall not be
re-installed until the account due and owing is paid, plus an
additional charge of twenty-five dollars for the cost of
removal and refitting.

(6) The charge for reconnecting a meter shall be five
dollars.

(7) The charge for repairing or replacing a meter or
connection damaged through misuse or the changing of the
location of a meter shall be the actual cost of the work
done.

20. (1) The connection of every supply pipe with any
service pipe or main shall be made by the Minister, and the
expenses incurred by the Minister in executing such work
shall be payable in advance by the owner of the premises
concerned to the Treasurer or to the Commissioner for the
district concerned to be by him remitted to the Treasurer.

(2) The amount payable for connections of different
sizes of supply pipe shall be as follows —

(i) ½ in. and not exceeding ¾ in. pipe with or
without deferred payments over a period not
exceeding twelve months $100

(ii) 1 in. pipe with no deferred payments $310
(iii) 2 in. pipe with no deferred payments $520
(iv) 3 in. pipe and pipe in excess thereof with no

deferred payments $640

(3) For the purposes of this rule “connection” means
the connection of the consumer’s supply pipe from the
service pipe or main to a point not more than three feet
inside the property to be served, together with the meter,
stop taps and meter chamber, provided that the length of
the connection does not exceed forty feet from the service
pipe or main to a meter and provided further that the cost
of providing a connection exceeding forty feet from the
service pipe or main shall be borne by the consumer.

S.I. 65/1993.

S.I. 65/1993.

Connection of
supply pipes.

S.I. 65/1993.

S.I. 65/1993.

S.I. 65/1993.

S.I. 65/1993.

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21. (1) Where the Minister is required on application
in writing by the owner of any premises to extend any
service pipe or main to such point or points as will enable
the supply pipe of such premises to be connected thereto the
application shall be considered in relation to one of the
categories described in sub-paragraphs (1), (ii) or (iii) of this
paragraph —
(i) where the extension is to pass entirely

through private property, the applicant or
applicants shall pay the whole of the cost
of the extension;

(ii) where an applicant or a number of
applicants require an extension along a
public roadway and the anticipated revenue
is estimated by the Minister to provide an
adequate return on capital outlay, the
Minister may provide a part or all of the
cost of the extension, subject to the
availability of Government’s capital for this
purpose;

(iii) where an applicant or a number of
applicants require an extension along a
public roadway and the anticipated
revenue is estimated by the Minister not to
provide an adequate return on capital
outlay, the applicant or applicants shall
gay the whole of the cost of the extension.

(2) All extensions of service pipes or mains shall be
approved by and be constructed to the standards and
specifications laid down by the Minister.

22. (1) The amount due to the Minister for water
supplied shall be due and payable on demand.

(2) The amount due and demanded for water supplied
shall be payable by and be recoverable from the person
entering into the agreement with the Minister.

(3) Every such agreement shall be made between
the Minister and the owner of the premises, except that
where the owner of any premises is the Government, then
the Minister may enter into an agreement with the tenant or
other occupier of the premises.

23. Any person who uses any water supplied to him
by the Minister for a purpose other than those for which he
is entitled to use it shall be liable on summary conviction to
a fine of fifty dollars in respect of each day or part thereof
during which such use of the water occurs.

Extension of
service pipe or
main.

Recovery of
water rates.

Penalty.

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FIRST SCHEDULE (Rule 4)

DISTRICTS IN WHICH WATER WILL NOT BE
SUPPLIED TO WATER CLOSETS

(1) Bimini
(2) Inagua
(3) Ragged Island
(4) San Salvador

SECOND SCHEDULE (Rule 18)

WATER RATES
1. Subject to paragraph 3, the water rates payable by a

consumer in respect of the water supply to dwelling houses
(including apartments) shall be in accordance with the following —
(a) a minimum charge (including the first 2,000 gallons or part

thereof) per quarter per meter of the respective size
specified hereunder —

Meter Size
(in inches)

Minimum
Charges

½ $18.00
¾ $36.00
1 $60.00

1 ¼ $84.00
1 ½ $120.00

(b) $3.45 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
2,000 gallons but not exceeding 13,000 gallons per meter
per quarter;

(c) $4.35 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
13,000 gallons but not exceeding 26,000 gallons per meter
per quarter; and

(d) $6.00 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
26,000 gallons per meter per quarter:
Provided that in respect of a period of less than a quarter the

charges shall be calculated on the basis of a proportionate amount
of water and rates, as the case may be, to those specified in
subparagraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d).

S.I. 16/1999.

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2. Subject to paragraph 4, the water rates payable by a
consumer in respect of the water supply to any other
establishment (excluding dwelling houses and apartments) shall
be in accordance with the following —
(a) a minimum charge (including the first 2,000 gallons or part

thereof) per quarter per meter of the respective size
specified hereunder —

Meter Size
(in inches)

Minimum
Charges

½ $25.00
¾ $50.00
1 $83.50

1 ¼ $116.50
1 ½ $159.50

2 $223.00
3 $371.00
4 $742.00
6 $1,298.00
8 $1,855.00

(b) $3.86 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of 2,000
gallons but not exceeding 13,000 gallons per meter per quarter;

(c) $4.87 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
13,000 gallons but not exceeding 26,000 gallons per meter
per quarter; and

(d) $6.72 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of 13,000
gallons per meter per quarter:
Provided that in respect of a period of less than a quarter

the charges shall be calculated on the basis of a proportionate
amount of water and rates, as the case may be, to those specified
in sub-paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d).

3. The water rates payable by a consumer who resides in
Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma or San Salvador in respect of the
water supply to dwelling houses (including apartments), shall be
in accordance with the following —

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(a) a minimum charge (including the first 2,000 gallons or part
thereof) per quarter per meter of the respective size
specified hereunder —

Meter Size
(in inches)

Minimum
Charges

½ $18.00
¾ $36.00
1 $60.00

1 ¼ $84.00
1 ½ $120.00

(b) $6.00 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
2,000 gallons but not exceeding 13,000 gallons per meter
per quarter;

(c) $7.40 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
13,000 gallons but not exceeding 26,000 gallons per meter
per quarter; and

(d) $8.40 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
26,000 gallons per meter per quarter:
Provided that in respect of a period of less than a quarter

the charges shall be calculated on the basis of a proportionate
amount of water and rates, as the case may be, to those specified
in subparagraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d).

4. The water rates payable by a consumer who resides in
Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma or San Salvador in respect of the
water supply to any other establishment (excluding dwelling
houses and apartments) shall be in accordance with the
following —
(a) a minimum charge (including the first 2,000 gallons or part

thereof) per quarter per meter of the respective size
specified hereunder —

Meter Size
(in inches)

Minimum
Charges

½ $25.00
¾ $50.00
1 $83.50

1 ¼ $116.50

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1 ½ $159.50
2 $223.00
3 $371.00
4 $742.00
6 $1,298.00
8 $1,855.00

(b) $6.72 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
2,000 gallons but not exceeding 13,000 gallons per meter
per quarter;

(c) $8.29 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
13,000 gallons but not exceeding 26,000 gallons per meter
per quarter; and

(d) $9.41 for every 1,000 gallons or part thereof in excess of
26,000 gallons per meter per quarter:
Provided that in respect of a period of less than a quarter

the charges shall be calculated on the basis of a proportionate
amount of water and rates, as the case may be, to those specified
in subparagraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d).

WATER SUPPLIES (OUT ISLANDS) RULES: NOTICE
UNDER RULE 1

(RULE 1)
It is hereby notified that with effect from the 1st day of October,
1971, the Water Supplies (Out Islands) Rules, shall come into
force in relation to the districts specified in the Schedule thereto.

SCHEDULE

FOX TOWN ABACO
COOPERS TOWN ABACO
GREEN TURTLE CAY ABACO
MARSH HARBOUR ABACO
STAFFORD CREEK ANDROS
NICHOLLS TOWN ANDROS
CONGO TOWN ANDROS
MASTIC POINT ANDROS

S.I 84/1971

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