Is Macau Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update3:57 am, May 11, 2020

Can you drink tap water in Macau?

Macau Tap Water

Tap water in Macau is safe to drink. Bottled water is inexpensive and available in convenience stores and supermarkets. For short business travel, drinking only bottled water will reduce the possibility of illness.

Water quality is monitored daily to ensure it is in compliance with stringent local drinking water standards. You can enjoy the excellent quality of tap water with confidence! A great way to stay hydrated is by starting the morning with a glass of water!

While tap water is safe to drink, most locals boil or filter their water. Although the safety is guaranteed, boiling the tap water will remove small impurities and improve the overall taste. This reduces the risk of drinking water that is possibly contaminated from old water storage buildings that are not well maintained. We recommend boiling the tap water if you’re not sure about the quality of the pipes in the building where you’re staying or buying bottled water from the store.

By the end of 2018, Macau’s total population was 670,900, and annual water consumption hit a record high of 88.44 million cubic meters. That number has been steadily rising.

Source of Water in Macao

The primary source Macau’s water is from Xi Jiang or West River, with over 90 percent originating of the Modaomen Channel. Water from Hong Wan Pumping Station goes directly to the Lapa Storage Reservoir is then released to treatment plants in Macau via three freshwater pipes.

Xi Jiang River

Macau Water’s major investment projects include the laying and replacement of the water supply pipeline system. According to the company, in 2016, they replaced 1.8 km of old water pipelines. Other ongoing projects also include upgrading and enhancing water supply equipment, changing water meters, implementing a new system of smart pipeline network, and daily maintenance of fixed assets.

Current Weather in Macao


Some of the Convenience Stores in Macau

Circle K Convenience Store
Circle K Convenience Store
  • Circle K
  • 7-Eleven
  • Profit Snacks convenience store
  • Workers Recreation Hall supermarkets
  • Garel Paris
  • Fortune Cigar
  • Eighteen Pu convenience store
  • Park ‘n Shop Taipa

Estimated Price of Bottled Water


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