New tariffs for electricity and water for expats from next year September

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The National Assembly yesterday overwhelmingly passed a law allowing the government to hike electricity and water charges for expatriates after completely excluding Kuwaiti citizens. The new charges will take effect from September 2017, ie after 15 months of its publication in the official gazette.

The law states that Kuwaiti families living in apartment buildings are exempted unless they have other houses. The exemption applies to only one house. A number of MPs called for exempting several houses for those Kuwaitis who are married to more than one wife, but the Assembly rejected the motion.

According to the law, the hike in electricity and water tariffs applies to apartment buildings (expatriates only), the commercial sector, industrial and agricultural sectors and government offices. It applies after one year on commercial activities which will be charged a flat rate of 25 fils per kilowatt. On government offices, it applies after 18 months and after 21 months on industrial and agricultural activities.

The new charges will be hiked for expatriates from the current 2 fils per kilowatt to the following:
1- Five fils per kilowatt for the first 1,000 kilowatts.
2- 10 fils per kilowatt for between 1,000 and 2,000 kW.
3- 15 fils per kilowatt for consumption above 2,000 kW.

The consumption is calculated on a monthly basis. Current average monthly charges for a medium-size apartment is around KD 5-7. But under the new charges, the monthly bill in summer months, when air-conditioning does not stop, could easily hit above KD 50 depending on consumption.

In summer months, May-September, the monthly consumption of medium-sized apartments is roughly around 3,000 kW. This means the bill will be KD 30. If consumption rises to 4,000 kW, the bill will be KD 45 and so on. In winter months, the rate will remain around KD 5 or slightly above that, also depending on consumption.


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Ronald
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Kuwait should provide us expats minimum Electricity 0.002 fils per kWh . Because here out side temp is too high . Difficult to stay without air-condition. Earning less salary and paying more rent and Electricity it''s not fair . Hope price will reduce by the Kuwait government ..

Shumaila Khan
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
@ Salim, you sound so prejudice, please talk sense full . If the inflow is too much simply Kuwait can stop it. This inflow is due to very less literacy rate among Kuwaitis as well technical and professional skills. You know more educated Expat are enjoying better life in their home countries than here. You know well that Indian has more richer people than Kuwait while staying in their own country. I will suggest to kick out all Expat, then there will be more jobs for Kuwaitis to clean and work like expat for Kuwait, Unemployment will be reduced to 0%.

Humanist
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The buffer time of 17 months is given for preparing the infrastructure by investment sector to install electricity and water meters in individual apartment. those expats who are sensible in using water and electricity will still be able to manage budgets with their good habits. those who indulge in wastage, carelessness will have to toe the line. lets hope these increases does not create a vicious cycle of inflation. eventually it will be survival of fittest. common average people are getting screwed under every government. so lets take every discrimination lying down.helplessly

ashraf
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
pretty enough fair,and that will be quite enough fair if RENT of a apartment pass as per Law,i.e K.D 1.5/M2

salim
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Its nice to see these very marginal hike in the water and electricity charges. I welcome the decision and the new law for the expats. Kuwait has provided a very stable and luxurious lives to many expats who are leading miserable lives in their countries. Its evident by the mass inflow of the expats every year and very negligible evasion, while millions are ready and praying in the long lines to come here. Thanks again Kuwait

@lphaQ
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
....in short, Xpats must prepare themselves to get screwed!

josy
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Lets pack our bags and go back. We can live much cheaper, healthier and happier lives in our country of origins. Lets save our health and families future by going back and building up our own countries.



Jack
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the Kuwaiti’s houses and all the Kuwaiti’s men Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again. Its time to spend our hard earnings for Kuwaitis.
It is very simple we should pay the MEW charges for the electricity burdens created by Kuwaitis.



JPA
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Whu such discrimination? Aren't we expats working here to save money? If such a hike is put on us just think of our family and our future? Back in our Country, Rules are meant for all. There is no discrimination like North, South, East or West. Such a pathetic decision taken by the government. There is a Proverb " ????????? ????????? ????? " it means " You can dig were it is wet "

Murthy
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Which means from September 2017 on wards the electricity charge must be(?) paid every month.

Mawbool
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
They increase all the rates for expats, but what about providing even basic facilities like sheltered bus stops? Increasing frequencies of bus?

Hary Paul
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Expats are no more surprised. Will not be surprised if expats have to pay different prices for bread and Khobus in the co-op as well. Expats are already used to the same for baby milk quite a few other products in the supermarket.
Already civil id card will cost 5KD and visa charges will increase. Also there are rumors in the air that car registration might go up. All these are going to be very hard for expats.
However, it has negative side as well. If things get unbearable then many expats will send their families back home. That will impact the rental market.
Already there are many empty apartments in places where expats are living like Salmiya, Farwaniya, Mahboula etc. More families leaving will definitely affect the market. Hence, lets see how things develop. Let us not loose hearts. God bless expats.

joy cher
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
well, if all other countries would come up with this same solution then what a world it would be???..

LP Panwar
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Kuwait is fully follow Human Right law therefore country has different law for different people.
God bless

SYED
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Thank god still one and half year left for consumption. Consumption is calculated on monthly basis. It means they have to take meter reading every month. Can they do this effectively ?
Do you know one citizen's individual home electricity consumption is equal to one whole apartment(20-25 flats).

Geo
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Nice and kind gesture from Ministry. So no fear of hike until Sept 2017.Thanks.

Samad
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Most of the apartments do not have separate meters for water and electricity. Hence, a flat rate is charged or included in their rent.
What is the plan for such houses ?

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