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Morocco - Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Water)
Homes don’t have many outlets, as little as one per room, even in the kitchen. Power strips and multi-outlet extension chords are widely used. Be careful when using these extensions as they spark and blow easily and can catch fire. Limit plugged-in items to 3 or 4 (max) on a power strip.
Morocco’s utilities (electricity and water) are nationally managed, however high demand for electricity has forced the need for privatization leading to more choice in energy suppliers. Water and electricity utilities are usually combined so you can work with one company and one bill. The Officiel d’Electricite National is the government operated electrical supply company. To connect, bring a subscription form, identification card with name, and proof of address (notarized letter from landlord, residence certificate, or another utility bill from one of the past 3 months) to the office to schedule installation.
If you live in a small apartment building (3-4 units), it is highly likely that the building owner has the water and electricity connected for the entire building, and the tenants divide the bill and pay equally to the landlord each month. Be sure to ask for a copy of the bill to check you are not being overcharged. An average bill for a small apartment is 150-200 DH ($20-25 USD) per month.
Gas is supplied for stoves, ovens, and hot water heaters through small and large tanks purchased at neighborhood grocery stores. Separate tanks would be required for stoves and hot water heaters. Smaller tanks can actually light on their own without being connected to a unit, and be used as a burner with a clay topper for heating tea kettles, or cooking with a pot or pan. The large gas tanks are about 70 DH ($10 USD) and last about 3 months with frequent use, longer if used less. Tanks are returned and replaced at the same location as purchased when they are empty.
The tap water is very safe to drink. In some cities it may not taste very good so many people purchase bottle water for drinking and use the tap water for cooking and cleaning. A majority homes and apartments do not have hot water taps, even though the faucets appear to have knobs for both.
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