Utility costs are commonly included in the monthly rent of an apartment, particularly for an apartment established for foreigners. Morocco's utilities are nationally managed, but high demand has forced the need for privatization.
Gas is supplied for stoves, ovens, and hot water heaters through the purchase of tanks. They may be used as a burner with a clay topper for heating tea kettles, or cooking with a pot or pan. Smaller tanks light on their own without being connected to a unit. Tanks are returned and replaced at the same location as purchased when they are empty.
Tanks can be purchased at neighborhood grocery stores. The large gas tanks are around 70 DH and last about 3 months with frequent use.
The voltage system is currently being updated and is in transition from 127 to 220V. Outlets fit the two-pin plug known as the Europlug. Most homes don't have many outlets so power strips and multi-outlet extension chords are often used. Be careful about overloading circuits and limit plugged-in items to 3 or 4 (max) on a power strip. International adaptors can be very hard to find within the country, so bring your own.
To connect: bring a subscription form, identification card with name, and proof of address (notarized letter from landlord, residence certificate, or another utility bill from one of the past 3 months) to the office to schedule installation.
Billing is usually combined with water utilities. In small apartment buildings, owners often connect the water and electricity for the entire building and the tenants divide the bill and pay equally to the landlord each month. Be sure to ask for a copy of the bill to check you are not being overcharged. An average bill for a small apartment is 150-200 DH per month.
Water supply and sanitation in Morocco is provided by private companies in Casablanca and many other major companies. The national water company (ONEP) oversees water usage and sanitation.
The cost of a water bill is calculated either based on the metered amount of water consumed, or as a fixed rate, based on the size of your property and the number of faucets. The cost of water is generally low in Morocco compared to other European countries.
Billing is usually combined with electric utilities. In small apartment buildings, owners often connect the water and electricity for the entire building and the tenants divide the bill and pay equally to the landlord each month. Be sure to ask for a copy of the bill to check you are not being overcharged. An average bill for a small apartment is 150-200 DH per month.
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