The Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has concluded that every apartment in Kuwait should have its own water meter to avoid problems from cuts caused by disputes between building’s owner and residents. According to sources, the plan follows a comprehensive study conducted for the validity of the proposal, and will make sure consumers pay for their direct water consumption.
This will also streamline the process for the MEW to install smart meters at a later stage whereby they can charge apartments for their electricity consumption by the new tariffs. MEW has recently announced a tender for the installation of smart meters for electricity at apartment buildings.
Last April, the parliament passed a bill that gave the government the go ahead to raise electricity and water charges for expatriates, but exclude Kuwaiti citizens. The new charges are expected to be put into effect before September 2017.
The law covers an increase of electricity and water tariffs that is applicable to apartment buildings, solely housing expatriates, the commercial sector, industrial and agricultural sectors and government offices. Also mentioned, after one year on commercial activities, the charge will be a rate of 25 fils per kilowatt. For government offices, the tariffs will enter after 18 months and its 21 months for industrial and agricultural activities.
The new charges for expatriates from the present 2 fils per kilowatt are underlined below:
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.