Is Berlin Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:25 am, May 11, 2020

Can you drink tap water in Berlin?

The tap water in Berlin is safe! No surprise there, because water is the most examined food product in Germany. Although there are differences in water from region to region, it is commonly very high quality. There is generally no need to buy and drink bottled water. The Government advised and promoted, to fill reusable water bottles with tap water instead of buying plastic bottles.

Berlin Tap Water
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During World Water Day on March 22, 2018, Berlin became part of the Blue Community, an initiative “dedicated to treating water as a human right and not as a commodity.” As part of this commitment, the Berlin Senate allotted 1 Million Euros to the Berliner Wasserbetriebe to increase the total number of drinking fountains in Berlin.

Bottled water consumption in Germany is surprisingly high. In some regions around Germany, tap water may taste awful, and some worried about contaminated water due to old piping systems in their household or building. Usually, the taste affected by the “hardness” of the water. While softer water tastes great almost everywhere, harder water ordinarily tastes better cold. Fun Fact: Tea drinkers often prefer soft water. Another concern with hard water is that it usually needs more chlorine to purify it as it sometimes contains high amounts of limescale.

Source of Water in Berlin, Germany

The main source of tap water in Berlin is groundwater and not collected directly from the river or any of the lakes. Groundwater is originally surface water that has seeped deep into the soil and has been filtered by many layers of sand and soil. The local water supplier pumps groundwater and transfers it to the nearest reservoir. The water then treated at the local treatment plant. In this process, the water quality repeatedly checked, even before pumping from the ground. Follow this link to review testing results: Berlin water supplier. Search for your location by postal code.

You don’t need to worry about using or drinking tap water, as it posed absolutely no risk to humans. Berliner Wasserbetriebe has sophisticated wastewater treatment, vast water conservation areas in the city, and many soil layers – land with many soil layers with naturally clean the water, ensuring good groundwater quality.

Traveller’s Notes

Tap water is perfectly fine to drink, although most people prefer bottled sparkling or still water. It is not customary to receive a glass of tap water in cafes or restaurants and asking for one may be met with the suggestion that you order the bottled variety.

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Some of the Convenience Stores in Berlin

Eberty Point Convenience Store
Eberty Point Convenience Store
  • Hub Convenience
  • Polats Minimarkt
  • Spät Kauf 7Days shop
  • Ela Spätkauf
  • Das Unikat
  • Drink Shop
  • SPAR express
  • Eberty Point
  • Späti Raumer 6
  • Schnäppchenprinz
  • SPIFF24
  • Late Shop

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