Utilities

Electricity

The electricity supplier in the Manta region is the state-owned company CNEL.

You can pay your monthly electricity bill at an CNEL office or at one of the many stores that offer payment services. Most banks and credit unions offer the possibility of automatic payments.

Gas

In most homes in the Manta region, people need gas to heat water and to cook. Cities and villages in the Manta region have no gas pipelines to deliver (natural) gas. Modern condominium buildings have central gas systems, but if you are not living in such a building, you will need to buy gas cylinders.

Buying gas cylinders

Before buying a gas cylinder filled with gas, you need to be sure that you have an empty gas cylinder to give to the gas vendor. You can get empty gas cylinders at stores like Coral and AKÍ. An empty gas cylinder usually costs between $45 and $55. You can also get gas cylinders from gas vendors, but they ask for a higher price.

The easiest way is to buy a full gas cylinder from a gas distribution truck. The vendor will ask $3 if you return an empty gas cylinder. When no gas distribution trucks are not showing up, you can call one. There are many gas distribution companies with trucks.

Most cities also have several distribution points for consumers. Here you can buy gas cylinders for $1.66 if you return an empty gas cylinder. By law, these gas vendors cannot ask for higher prices. The difference with the price when buying from a gas distribution truck is a service fee.

Recommendations

  • Have a reserve gas cylinder in case a gas cylinder runs out.
  • Many modern condominium buildings have central gas systems. If you don’t want to worry about gas cylinders, you may choose a home in such a building.
  • The colors of gas cylinders vary by region. Sell your gas cylinders when moving to a region with different gas cylinder colors.

Water

There is no potable water in the Manta region. Local water companies distribute water with water pipelines in cities like Manta and Portoviejo and with water trucks in towns and villages.

The local water company for Manta is the municipal utility company Aguas de Manta. You can pay the monthly bills for water at the Aguas de Manta office or at one of the stores that offer payment services. Many banks and credit unions also offer the option of automatic payment.

The water offered by Aguas de Manta comes from water reservoir La Esperanza near Calceta.