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Utilities in Kuwait
 
 
 

Electricity & Water

Both water and electricity are provided by the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW), a government monopoly with offices located in every governorate (muhafadhah). Most people will receive just one bill that covers both their water and electricity supplies. It is very unusual to receive separate bills. Water and electricity bills are paid annually and usually amount to about KD45 for a small apartment and KD150 for a small villa. Annual water bills for a large villa with a large garden that requires regular watering will be about KD600. These costs will sometimes be included in your rent; check your rent agreement.

Most properties are already connected and if you are moving to the country to work, your sponsoring employer may have made arrangements for your accommodation to be connected in advance. As a foreign national you may have to pay a deposit for the connection of utilities to your home, although it may be that your employer is prepared to cover this cost when they are helping to arrange your accommodation.

Bills are usually quite low, the extreme heat in the country means that heating is not needed but you will have air conditioning, which can be costly depending upon how often you use it. Sometimes the cost of air conditioning is included with rent, so it may be that you can still keep your electricity bills down even if you use it a lot. Bills can be paid directly at one of the Ministry’s office or via your bank.

Electricity is 240v 50Hz. Sockets are primarily of the 3-pin square variety. Major appliances are sold with 2-pin or 3-pin sockets. You will find that a number of adapters are required which invariably results in your plug sockets looking a little over-laden.

Tap water is desalinated water mixed with about 10% of brackish water to provide extra taste and minerals. It is considered safe to drink. Although the majority of kitchens have water filters fitted, most people seem to prefer drinking bottled water. The private water companies deliver water to every residential area on set days every week. You will be able to have water for your dispenser delivered to your door. It is a very cheap service and will save you lugging the bottles home from the supermarket. A book of 19 tokens costs KD20 and will give you 19 five-gallon water bottles.

Gas

Mainline gas is only provided in parts of Ahmadi. All other requirements are met by the use of bottled gas, available from all co-ops, most of whom deliver for no extra charge. The initial outlay of the first bottle of gas and a regulator is less than KD10 and refills cost 750 fils per bottle. It is a good idea to keep more than one cylinder as there's nothing more annoying than running out of gas whilst cooking.

In apartment buildings it is normal to have a communal tank, in which case the cost of gas is usually included with the rent. If your home does not have a gas tank then you can buy gas bottles to run the appliances from, which is not usually costly.

 

 
 


 


 
 

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