Is Penang Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Safe to drink?no
The estimated price of bottled water in USD(1.5-liter)$0.41

Can You Drink Tap Water in Penang?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

According to WHO data, 97% of Malaysia cities/towns and rural areas have access to improved water sources, that are available when needed.

Tap water by country

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  • Water Quality Rating:
  • < 20%
  • 20% - 39%
  • 40% - 59%
  • 60% - 79%
  • 80% - 100%

What Do People In Penang Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Penang 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.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility31%Low
Water Pollution63%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility69%High
Water Quality38%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.

Tap Water in Penang Safe for Drinking?

The tap water in Penang Island, Malaysia, generally not safe to drink. The water does not meet the WHO standards for safe drinking water. The Malaysian Ministry of Health has established standards/parameters utilizing those set by the World Health Organization.

Penang tap Water

Nevertheless, you can use tap water for cleaning, showering, and brushing your teeth. You may also boil the water to make it potable, as advised by some locals. But if you want to avoid spoiling your vacation, you stick with bottled water that you can purchase in any convenience stores or supermarket.

Most of the ice is made with purified water, especially in restaurants.

Current Weather in Penang


Source of Water in Penang, Malaysia

The primary source of tap water in Penang, Malaysia, is from the surface water of the Sungai Muda. The Penang Water Supply Corporation managed the treatment plant in the city. Two reservoirs are set to provide water in town. The Air Itam Dam and Teluk Bahang Dam were at low capacity levels due to abnormal rainfall.

The PBAPP is implementing water pressure management initiatives during peak consumption hours in a bid to reduce water consumption in the state. If there is a spike in water consumption, some suburban areas on higher ground or at the end of water pipelines will experience low water pressure. The short term plan is to ensure everyone that they have enough water during the dry season. A long term plan is to add another water resource in the city of Penang as the needs of the inhabitants grow every year.

Some of the Convenience Stores in Penang

Happy Mart
  • Happy Mart
  • 7-eleven
  • E Mart
  • 98 Convenient Shops
  • Magstore Gurney Paragon
  • Ezy
  • CSB Shop
  • Luv Express
  • Shell Select
  • 24 XPRESS
  • Pick & Pay
  • Double L

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

1.5 liter$0.41€0.37£0.321.77

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