Tap Water in Lima Safe for Drinking? (2019)

Tap water in Lima, Peru is not safe to drink. Water quality is a massive issue in Peru and particularly in Lima. To ensure the health of the country in general, for backpackers, and tourists; Peruvians are accustomed to buying well water for drinking or by boiling. Boiling water makes it safe to drink in the event of some biological contamination. It can kill off bacteria and other organisms in a batch of water only by bringing it to boil.

Tap Water in Lima

Peru fails to meet the WHO standards for drinking water. Currently, there is no national movement to improve potable water standards.

Source of Water in Lima, Peru

The primary source of tap water in Lima comes from the River Rimac. And some portion is taken from groundwater. The Rímac River is located in western Peru and is the most critical source of potable water. The river is part of the Pacific watershed and has a length of 204 km. The river begins in the highlands of the Huarochirí Province in the Lima Region, and its mouth located in Callao, near Jorge Chávez International Airport.

To have enough water supply in Lima, for more than 8 million inhabitants one option in the discussion is the exploration of new water sources from the Atlantic side of the Andes (catchment of the Mantaro River) and deviation to the rivers of the Pacific side. To determine the potential extra water supply that could be introduced into the water system of Lima. The average rainfall contribution from the three catchments on the Pacific side, and the sub-catchments on the Atlantic side was analyzed. The projects Marca I and III are already in operation, while Marca IV (Huascacocha) is in the execution phase and Marca II and V are still under deliberation. The yearly rainfall contribution of the Rimac River catchment is 41 percent (395 mm/a), while all planned Marca-projects would contribute approx. 23 percent.

Some of the Popular Convenience Stores in Lima

  • Tambo+
  • Fast Market Sajonj
  • Repshop
  • Lucky Supermarket
  • Wong Cencosud
  • Cremoladas Angelica
  • Mass Garzón
  • Listo!
  • Snack Siroco
  • Minimarket Bailon
  • AI NI
  • TU MARKET

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

VolumeSOLUSDEURGBP
1.5-liter S/ 3.16$0.94€0.86£0.76
0.5-liter1.5$0.45€0.41£0.36

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