Tap water safety in Bolivia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด

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

Lonely Planet

Tap water is not safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is cheap and freely available. Use it for everything and if you are going anywhere remote take a good supply with you.

Should you find yourself desperate, thirsty and with nowhere to buy water, then try the following.

Boiling Vigorous boiling for one minute is the most effective means of water purification. At altitudes greater than 2000m (6500ft), boil for three minutes.

Purification pills Disinfect water with purification tablets, available at most pharmacies.

Filters Filters with smaller pores (reverse osmosis filters) provide the broadest protection, but they are relatively large and are readily plugged by debris. Those with larger pores (microstrainer filters) are ineffective against viruses, although they remove other organisms. Manufacturersโ€™ instructions must be carefully followed.

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 46.77 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "Moderate"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 818$ per year in Bolivia 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.

Explore places in Bolivia

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.