Is Mexico City Tap Water Safe to Drink? (2019)

Safe to drink?No
Passed the WHO International Standard?Yes
The estimated price of bottled water in USD(1.5-liter)$0.75

The tap water in Mexico city is not safe to drink. Most of Mexico’s water is purified, especially in Mexico City. The dilemma is that the method of conveying water from the treatment centers going to the tap where the water gets out is frequently old, full of heavy metals, and sometimes a touch dirty.

Most people in Mexico City always drink tap water. They make ice from tap water, and they drink it by the glassful. Moreover, they have never had a problem. There is news about ex-pats in Mexico who sipped tap water and been sick. Because our stomachs not being used to the types of bacteria here.

Source of Water in Mexico City, Mexico

Tap Water in Mexico
Source of Water in Mexico City, Mexico

In 2006, 63% of Mexican were extracting water from surface water, such as rivers or lakes. The rest came from aquifers. Aquifers are underground stories of rock immersed with water that drawn to the surface by natural springs or through pumping.

Avoid Drinking Tap Water

It would be best to avoid drinking tap water if you are unsure. Nowadays filtered water to make ice is used in every single reputable restaurant, and most of them not so prominent restaurants. Nothing to worry about the ice in your drink when you are visiting Mexico, it has been made to ensure you do not get sick. Plus, it is hot here; nobody wants a warm cocktail.

Some say the safest option is to boil water for over a minute ultimately, or you should use filtered water. If you are in your hotel room or Airbnb and you want to make coffee, then it is recommended to use filtered water. It is not only safer, but it tastes a lot better, too.

When you visit Mexico, you have a couple of options for drinking water. If you have planned to stay in one place for several days, it is highly recommended buying a sizeable 20-liter bottle. There is no plastic waste created as these bottles are sterilized and refilled with filtered water.

Check out Mexico City’s water quality by visiting The National Academies Press.

Some of the Convenience Stores in Mexico City

7 eleven Convenience store
7 eleven, Mexico City
  • Mini Groceries ( Abarrotes Local 12 Surrounding Mexico City )
  • 7-Eleven
  • OXXO
  • Go Mart G45 Urugay
  • Extra
  • Super Stop & Shop
  • El Arbol
  • LA PERLA
  • LA CONSENTIDA
  • Tienda el Trebol

Bottled Water Estimated Price

VolumeMXNUSDEURGBP
1.5-literMex$14.38$0.75€0.67£0.60

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