Is Bacolod Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update8:19 pm, May 8, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.49 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Bacolod?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

There was no general information available in WHO data about safely managed drinking water in Philippines. You may check the rate of travelers and residents of Bacolod water quality.


Tap Water is not safe for drinking though considered potable, the water supplies sometimes get dirty when Bacolod City Water District cleans up their pipes and the safety of tap water is somehow questionable, and no one really enjoys the pleasure of drinking it due to its cough syrup-like taste. Luckily water supplies during nationwide droughts are not affected as unlike other big cities, Bacolod pumps water from springs. Street Food is not as safe as those in Singapore and Taipei, the standards for street food is not properly imposed. There are few cases but not that rampant of being sick after eating street food. The quality of street food somehow is tolerated by health officials and citizens alike. Luckily street food is now on mainstream inside malls offering tourists and citizens alike to be assured of the hygienic standards. [Dengue fever]] is a common issue especially during the summer season, apply mosquito repellent and avoid wearing t-shirts and shorts during the afternoon, wear sleeves and pants instead.

What Do People In Philippines Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Philippines have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data. A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 62% High
  • Water Pollution 75% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 38% Low
  • Water Quality 25% Low


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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