Is Hong Kong Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update2:38 am, May 11, 2020

Can you drink tap water in Hong Kong?

Can you drink tap water in Hong Kong? Water Supplies Department announces that Hong Kong possesses one of the safest water supplies in the world. However, some part of the city and buildings are old that uses unlined galvanized steel pipes that prone to rust. Since 1995 these types of pipes is banned in new constructions. There are still old plumbing present and might be unsafe to drink because water runs through the rusted pipes.

At your hotel, you may see a little sign by the sink or faucet, that indicates that the water is not safe.

Source of Water in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has two primary sources of water. Mainly rainfall from natural mountain catchments, and by pipeline supply from Guangdong Province. Hong Kong built several inland dams, as well as cisterns found at the top of hills. But with the growing population of Hong Kong, a shortage of natural storage reservoir sites led to the development of Hong Kong’s premier ‘reservoir in the sea’ at Plover Cove – the Plover Cove Reservoir.


Many locals will tell you it is quite OK to drink the water, but like mentioned before, it depends on the pipes the water ran through, be cautious:

Hong Kong Tap Water
Hong Kong Dam
  • Most hotels provide bottled water or a kettle to boil the water; it is there for a reason, use it!
  • Fruits washed with tap water should be peeled to be on the safe side.
  • Stay away from ice cubes and stick with chilled bottled/canned drinks.
  • Bottled water is available everywhere; should be appropriately sealed.

Drinking-Water Quality Data

The WSD started publishing annual water quality data of drinking water in August 2000. You can monitor results on their website. Since December 2002 the WSD is publishing drinking water quality data in half-yearly. During the period April 2018 to March 2019, the drinking water quality data is summarized as follows:

For the quality data of DJ water, please refer to the DJ Water web page.

Traveller’s Notes

Hong Kong tap water conforms to World Health Organization standards and is considered safe to drink, though many locals prefer bottled for reasons of flavour and prestige.

Current Weather in Hong Kong


Some of the Convenience Stores in HONG KONG

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Circle K Convenience Store
  • 7-Eleven
  • Circle K
  • OK便利店
  • JustGreen Organic Convenience Store
  • Watsons

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