Tap water safety in Guatemala ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น

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

World Health Organization (WHO)

According to the WHO, tap water is safe for consumption for 57% of the country.

There is a divide between rural and urban areas, tap water is safe to drink in 67% of urban areas, while it's only safe to drink in 46% of rural areas.

Lonely Planet

While many Guatemalans drink the tap water (often through necessity rather than choice), it is not recommended that foreigners do so.

  • Tap water needs to be boiled thoroughly or disinfected.
  • Purified water is cheap and readily available in tourist areas and many back-country regions as well.
  • Ice in more expensive restaurants is made from purified water, but order drinks without it if you want to be really cautious.

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 40.48 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "Moderate"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 730$ per year in Guatemala 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 Guatemala

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.