People often take their drinking water for granted. In most western countries we don’t think twice before grabbing a glass and sticking it underneath a tap. But when you’re traveling the tap water may not be safe to drink.
You need drinking water no matter where you go, but with travellers diarrhea, giardia, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water, it pays to know which parts of the world guarantee clean, safe tap water, and where you should be sourcing bottled water instead.
The water you need to be most concerned about is water that might contain microorganisms that will make you sick, and in less developed countries, you are more apt to run into water that contains a variety of microorganisms you want to avoid. But according to the CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), you may be drinking bottled water more often than you think. Which countries have unsafe drinking water?
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Using information gathered from the CDC to highlight which destinations guarantee clean, safe, drinking water, the following guide is handy for identifying where drinking from the tap is OK, and where you’re better off doing further research on the subject. Is it safe to drink the tap water in
Granted, this is a fairly conservative guide, so do note that “potentially unsafe” means that it could be harmful to drink if your body isn’t used to the water in the area, not necessarily that the water is polluted and dirty. “Unsafe” doesn’t mean “drink this water and you’ll die”, just that you should be cautious when you’re traveling there. The drinking water in Mexico, for instance, may have absolutely no effect on the locals living there who have adapted to its impurities, however visitors will have not built up a tolerance to it as locals have. It’s therefore not really safe to take a sip.