Tap water safety in Nicaragua ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

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

World Health Organization (WHO)

According to the WHO, tap water is safe for consumption for 67% of the country.

There is a divide between rural and urban areas, tap water is safe to drink in 94% of urban areas, while it's only safe to drink in 29% of rural areas.

Lonely Planet

Tap water is potable in cities and larger towns but should be avoided in rural areas and throughout the Regiรณn Autรณnoma Atlรกntico Sur (South Atlantic Autonomous Region; RAAS) and Regiรณn Autรณnoma Atlรกntico Norte (North Atlantic Autonomous Region; RAAN). In cheaper restaurants, ice and juices are usually made with untreated 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 47.73 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "Moderate"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 847$ per year in Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua

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.