Living and Working in South East Asia

Water and Electricity

Provincial Electricity Authority

Provincial Electricity Authority

If you are renting property in Thailand you most likely will receive bills for water and electricity from one of those companies:

PEA Provincial Electricity Authority

MEA Metropolitan Electricity Authority

PWA Provincial Waterworks Authority

MWA Metropolitan Waterworks Authority

Please note that prices per unit can vary depending on what and where you are renting.

I was charged ฿8.50 per unit for electricity at Natara Residence (Gated Community Lake Land เชียงใหม่ เลคแลนด์) whereas now in my rental house (open community/ Baan Djaykaewerawan ใจแก้วเอราวัณ; Nong Phueng หนองผึ้ง) I am only charged ฿4.00 per unit. Big difference.

Make sure you know the price per unit for both, water and electricity,  and have it fixed on your rental contract. At least if it diverts from the supplier pricing.

Electricity Bills

Above picture shows a typical bill from the PEA. It is easier to read then the bills for water as it contains translations to English language. It states your address, some references, the dates and numbers of the previous and latest readings, usage, a short history of past usage, the amounts to be paid and a due date.

On the backside it gives some information about how to fulfill your duties:

PEA Offices or Pea shops (Shopping Malls)

PEA e-Pay (in Thai language only)

Within  7 days after reading date: 7-Eleven or Tesco Lotus Express

Direct Debit

Bank Transfer (only Metropolitan Electricity Authority  MEA).

ATM machine.

Bangkok Bank Water and Electricity bill payment options

Bangkok Bank Water and Electricity bill payment options


Water Bills

As mentioned before, the water bills from PWA comes written in Thai language only.

It states some references, the day of the reading, the due date, your address, date and figure of previous reading and the actual date and reading. The difference is your actual usage, given in m3 (1000 liters).

You will be given 7 days to pay your bill. After this time frame third parties such as 7-Eleven can no longer process your payment and you would need to visit a PWA office in order to settle your duties. Please click here to find offices in your province. Alternatively, try your luck at the ATM machines. Even though i am a SCB bank customer and payment by SCB ATM machine is one of the given payment options I never succeeded paying that way.

To see the payment options please click here.

Recently PWA has released an application which works fine for Android but unfortunately only available in Thai Language.

If you can access your water meter  and remember the figures of the last reading you can use the handy tool called “Water Tariff Calculator” which calculates the bill you would get on the day of your reading.

Price per Unit

In the province of Chiang Mai the following prices apply:

Water Usage 0-10 Units  the cost of the water fee per unit is 10.20 Baht

Water Usage 11-20 Units  the cost of the water fee per unit is 16.00 Baht

Water Usage 21-25 Units  the cost of the water fee per unit is 19.00 Baht

Plus Service fee 30 Baht /month and VAT  7%.


5 thoughts on “Water and Electricity

  1. Perfect Homes

    Thanks for an informative post. Some places like Natara do charge extra for electricity if they are run by the building management but this is not normal for condos only serviced apartments.

  2. jh

    My utility bills always have two charges. I’ve asked the condo for explanation and it comes down to something indisputable because it makes no sense. They can basically charge me anything they want.

  3. Mr P

    You can download an AIS app called MPay (whether you have an AIS number or not), you can then top that up via an item and pay PWA and PEA direct. Still need to keep the app topped up of course but great when you might not be around to pay within the deadlines to avoid having to traipse over town to pay PWA 90 baht!!

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