Tap water safety in Bangladesh ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ

๐Ÿ‘Ž In general, the water in Bangladesh is not safe to drink.

World Health Organization (WHO)

According to the WHO, tap water is safe for consumption for 55% of the country.

There is a divide between rural and urban areas, tap water is safe to drink in 45% of urban areas, while it's only safe to drink in 61% of rural areas.

Lonely Planet

Never drink tap water, and avoid ice. Bottled water is generally safe โ€“ check that the seal is intact, and that it is labelled โ€˜arsenic freeโ€™. Avoid fresh juices โ€“ especially in smaller eateries. They may have been watered down. Boiling water for 10 minutes is the most efficient method of purifying it. The best chemical purifier is iodine. It should not be used by pregnant women or those with thyroid problems. Water filters should also filter out viruses. Ensure your filter has a chemical barrier such as iodine and a small pore size, eg less than four microns.

Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC)

According to the CDC tap water is generally not safe for consumption.


According to the Numbeo water drinkability and accessibility index, tap water has a score of 44.07 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "Moderate"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 234$ per year in Bangladesh by drinking tap water instead of buying bottled water.

๐Ÿณ Drinking tap water would also help with reducing your plastic footprint and improve environmental pollution.

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