Tap water safety in India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

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

Lonely Planet

Never drink tap water. Bottled water is generally safe โ€“ check that the seal is intact at purchase. Avoid ice unless you know it has been made without tap water. Be careful of fresh juices served at street stalls in particular โ€“ they're likely to have been watered down with tap water or may be served in jugs/glasses that have been rinsed in tap water. Avoid fruit that you don't peel yourself, as it will likely have been rinsed in tap water. Alternatively, rinse fruit yourself in mineral water before you eat it. Boiling water is usually 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 most viruses. Ensure your filter has a chemical barrier such as iodine and a small pore size (less than four microns). In tourist areas, some guesthouses, cafes and restaurants use water filters; use your own judgment as to whether you think this water will be safe to drink.

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 43.8 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "Moderate"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 270$ per year in India 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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