Tap water safety in Bhutan ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น

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

World Health Organization (WHO)

According to the WHO, tap water is safe for consumption for 36% of the country.

There is a divide between rural and urban areas, tap water is safe to drink in 49% of urban areas, while it's only safe to drink in 28% of rural areas.

Lonely Planet

Never drink tap water in Bhutan. Bottled water is generally safe โ€“ check the seal is intact at purchase. Most hotels provide purified water for guests. Avoid ice. Avoid fresh juices โ€“ they may have been watered down.

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 64.29 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "High"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 226$ per year in Bhutan 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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Like in most countries, water quality and accessibility differs from location to location, therefore it's the best to check the information available on that place.

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