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Kuwait - Utilities

Utilities in Kuwait are run by the Ministry of Electricity and Water Supply and the system is fairly easy to understand. Most people will receive just one bill that covers both their water and electricity supplies. It is very unusual to receive separate bills.

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.

Some homes do have gas appliances. 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.

The quality of tap water is generally considered to be very good, although most people will still use bottled water for drinking and this is recommended if you are not accustomed to the local water. There are very few people living in Kuwait who do not have access to good quality tap water and the service is fairly reliable, although the government is trying to encourage people to have water tanks installed in their homes. Some areas have their water stopped at regular intervals if the government thinks they are using too much and the only solution is to call out a water truck which will charge for the service.

The electricity supply is 220-240 volts and generally uses a three pin plug. If you require adaptors for any of your appliances these are widely available in local shops. The power generated in Kuwait is consumed by Kuwaitis and there are few reserves which means that power cuts are common for short periods of time.

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