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Abu Dhabi expats face higher utility bills

The water tariff for expatriates will rise from Dh9.90 ($2.69) for 1,000 litres to Dh10.55 ($2.87) for those who use more than 5,000 litres a day in a villa, or 700 in a flat

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Residents risk power disconnection as utility tariffs rise
Residents risk power disconnection as utility tariffs rise

Expatriates using higher amounts of water and electricity will pay even more next year under tariffs announced on Sunday by the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC).

The water tariff for expatriates will rise from Dh9.90 ($2.69) for 1,000 litres to Dh10.55 ($2.87) for those who use more than 5,000 litres a day in a villa, or 700 in a flat, reported The National.

ADDC said those who use less than those amounts will pay the same rates as they did this year – Dh5.95 ($1.61) for 1,000 litres.

Those who in one day take two five-minute showers, run the tap for 10 minutes, wash one load of clothes, cook for two and flush their toilet three times will use between 300 and 400 litres of water, depending on the efficiency of their appliances and the flow rate.

And if expats use more than 200 kilowatt-hours of electricity a day, they will be charged at Dh0.381 each 1kWh, as opposed to Dh0.21 – this year’s rate – for those who use less.

Flat-dwellers will pay the same rates but with a quota of 20kWh.

The change for next year was not as dramatic as 2015 when the tariff scheme was introduced and expatriates found themselves paying up to three times as much, and nationals began paying for utilities for the first time.

Emiratis will next year have no changes to water tariffs from the Dh1.70 to Dh1.89 for each 1,000 litres of water, depending on their daily use and whether they live in a flat or villa.

They will continue to pay between 5 fils per kWh for 400kWh of power a day, and 5.5 fils for greater use.

Government buildings will pay Dh10.55 for 1,000 litres, a rise from Dh9.9 the previous year. And their power will only cost slightly more – Dh29.7 for each kWh, up from Dh29.3.

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