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Moscow - Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Water, Household Waste)
When searching for an apartment, you will find that some of them come with utilities included in the rent. More frequently, you will see listings where the owners assess tenants separately for the cost of utilities. If utilities are not mentioned in the listing, be sure to check with the landlord or rental office before signing a lease, to find out how much you will be charged for electricity, heating, water, and waste services.
All homes are supplied with heat and electricity, although electrical service in Moscow is not considered reliable. Electricity comes from hydroelectric and nuclear power plants situated on the Volga River, and from thermal stations at Kashira is the southern part of the city, and Konokovo in the northwest area of Moscow.
A gas pipeline for providing heat surrounds the city, piping in fuel from large gas storage facilities erected in the outskirts of Moscow. Two heating plants exist to provide heat: An older plant situated near the Kremlin; and a newer one near the Ring Road.
Tap water is not considered drinkable, particularly for new expatriates in Moscow. It is a good idea to stick to bottled water to avoid the risk of illness from contaminated tap water.