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Utilities (Electricity, Water, Gas)

Turkey - Utilities (Electricity, Water, Gas)

The following documentation is required to connect electric, gas and water services to your residence:

- Residence Permit
- Copy of your passport
- Letter of request addressed to the General Office of the utility in your district


Electric bills are mailed each month. Payment is best arranged via automatic bank withdrawal. Payment can be made in person at approved banks, which are listed on your monthly bill. Overdue bills must be paid at your district Electric Department Central Office. There is a significant late charge for overdue bills. Dial 186 to report electrical emergencies. Central Office: (212) 237-2350


Water bills are mailed every two months. Payment is similarly best arranged via automatic bank withdrawal. Payment may be made at approved banks, which are listed on your bill. Overdue payments must be made at your district Water Department General Office. Dial 185 to report water emergencies. Central Office: (212) 588-3800

Natural Gas

The majority of (newer) homes and apartments have forced air natural gas heat. In an apartment building the cost of gas may be included in your monthly building maintenance fee. If your gas service is provided independent of the building, you will be issued a monthly bill. As with water and electricity, the preferred way to pay is by automatic bank transfer, or directly at approved banks listed on your monthly bill. Some range-ovens and bathroom water heaters may be connected to portable LPG tanks. LPG vendors frequent most neighborhoods on a regular basis and will exchange your empty tank for a fee. They can also be contacted by telephone. To report natural gas emergencies dial 187.

Added 03/03/06 by S.K - "Electric and Water bills are never mailed, at least not at the Turkish Riviera.
The companies send staff outside, reading the meters putting the invoice on your door, because most of the time there are no letter boxes.
On the invoice is a certain time period marked during which you can pay directly at the gas or electricity office. Water has always to be paid at Vakif Bank.
Late payments are punished with high fees.
Most banks offer online payment. You inform them once and the invoices will be deducted automatically".

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