Tap water safety in Ecuador ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ

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

World Health Organization (WHO)

According to the WHO, tap water is safe for consumption for 75% of the country.

There is a divide between rural and urban areas, tap water is safe to drink in 85% of urban areas, while it's only safe to drink in 58% of rural areas.

Lonely Planet

It's generally advisable not to drink tap water anywhere in Ecuador. Bottled water is widely available, and some hotels and guesthouses catering to foreigners provide purified water (agua purificada) for guests wishing to fill their own bottles.

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 63.93 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "High"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 774$ per year in Ecuador 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.