Tap water safety in Jamaica ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

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

Lonely Planet

Water is generally safe to drink from faucets throughout the island, except in the most far-flung rural regions. It is safest, however, to stick with bottled water, which is widely available. Itโ€™s a good idea to avoid ice, particularly that sold at street stands as โ€˜bellywash,โ€™ โ€˜snoconesโ€™ or โ€˜skyjuiceโ€™ โ€“ shaved-ice cones sweetened with fruit juice. Unless youโ€™re certain that the local water is not contaminated, you shouldnโ€™t drink it. In Jamaicaโ€™s backwaters, clean your teeth with purified water rather than tap water.

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 56.88 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "Moderate"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 1029$ per year in Jamaica 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 Jamaica

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.