Abode guide to paying bills… why bother? Well, we receive many inquiries and complaints about the process of paying utility bills in Phnom Penh, so here is a quick guide to help you.
- Pay bills on time. Re-connections are time-consuming and costly
- Check addresses and account names are correct before paying
- Be familiar with where bills are placed – sometimes you will find them in unusual places!
- EDC bills are issued every month on the same date, so keep a lookout!
- Water bills are issued every 2 months – again keep a lookout for them
- Once a bill’s due date expired you cannot pay by App, instead, you have a few days’ grace to pay in the offices (see slides 2 & 3).
- Bills can be paid at Wing outlets (almost on every street)
- It may be a good idea to pay extra on your water bill to avoid disconnections
- EDC reconnections usually take <2 working days and cost $2.50
- Water reconnections usually take <2 working days $15.25
- Don’t expect action on weekends and certainly not on holidays
- EDC website: https://www.edc.com.kh/index.php
- PPWSA website: http://www.ppwsa.com.kh/en/
History of Electricite du Cambodge (EDC)
Electricity was available in Cambodia in 1906 and up till 1958, electricity was supplied by three private companies:
- Water and electricity company ‘Compagnie des Eaux et Electricité’ (CEE)
- Union Electrique d’Indochine (UNEDI)
- French Khmer electricity ‘Compagnie Franco-Khmer d’Electricité’ (CFKE)
CEE provided major power services in Phnom Penh, whereas UNEDI supplied all other provinces, except Battambang (CFKE). In 1958, CEE and UNEDI were merged to the company we know now ‘Electricité du Cambodge’ or EDC.
Between 1971 to 1979, the power sector was almost entirely disabled by the civil war (1971-1975) and the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979). During this period, production, transmission and distribution means were crippled across Cambodia, not only in Phnom Penh. In 1979, the EDC was reconstructed under the Ministry of Industry.
History of the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA)
In 1959, PPWSA was officially established under King Norodom Sihanouk and officially named ‘Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority’. Since then, PPWSA is responsible for Phnom Penh’s water treatment and supply and ensure sustainable investment in its water treatment infrastructure.
Between 1959 and 1970, PPWSA’s operations were expanded by ongoing refurbishment and establishment of new water treatment plants and supply networks.
Even when the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia in 1975 and evacuated the Phnom Penh populace, there was little water production and distribution in Phnom Penh. Potable water was produced only for the consumption of a small group of leaders in Democratic Kampuchea. Most water infrastructure was discarded along with technicians, tools, materials and technical documents. This caused great difficulty in rehabilitation post 1979 when the potable water sector recommenced operations.
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