Tap water safety in Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

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

World Health Organization (WHO)

According to the WHO, tap water is safe for consumption for 47% of the country.

There is a divide between rural and urban areas, tap water is safe to drink in 61% of urban areas, while it's only safe to drink in 34% of rural areas.

Lonely Planet

Drinking tap water should be avoided in the Philippines. It is rarely purified and may lead to stomach illness.

That said, it's generally OK to have a few ice cubes in your drink or brush your teeth with tap water. One notable exception is El Nido, which occasionally experiences more acute water-quality problems.

Bottled water isn't cheap โ€“ up to P50 a litre โ€“ so carry your own bottle around and refill it at the many water-refilling stations.

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 52.42 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "Moderate"

Advantages of drinking (filtered) tap water

1 adult could save about 577$ per year in Philippines 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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