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.
If you’re worried about the drinking water, or have done your research and found that it’s not potable, here are our best tips and guidelines for navigating countries where the tap water is unsafe.
A Travelers Guide to Tap Water
The Best & Worst Tap Water
Countries with the best tap water include New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, France, Luxembourg, Norway and Switzerland.