Is Miami Tap Water Safe to Drink? (2019)

According to EPA and international standards, Miami, FL USA tap water is safe to drink. Known risks include microplastics and leaching from pipes.

Miami Tap Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitors the contaminants in city water systems, unlike bottled water which is a packaged good and is administered by the FDA. Although both the EPA and FDA have the same quality standards; FDA periodically examined bottled water and are not required to share the test results with their consumers. The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) conduct more than 100,000 examinations of water samples each year.

Source of Tap Water in Miami, FL USA

The primary source of Miami’s drinking water came from groundwater of Biscayne Aquifer and located below the land surface in South Florida. Aquifers are vast, underground rocks made of porous limestone that contain a large amount of freshwater. That freshwater is pumped up to the surface and used for public consumption. This water is generally clean because of the natural filtration process.

The water flows like a river at a prolonged rate and moving underground. It travels in an east-southeasterly direction at a speed of two feet per day. However, where there are large openings or human-made canals, the flow rate can increase substantially. Because this drinking water supply is so close to the surface (barely a few feet down in most places), it is especially susceptible to contamination.

Does Restaurant Serve Tap Water in Miami?

The most restaurant you go to will ask as a default if you want sparkling water, bottled water, or tap. Sadly, there is no law ordering restaurants to serve their customers tap water for free. In some rare cases, servers have been reported to refuse serving tap water or to urge patrons to buy filtered tap water. In Miami, you may need to spend around $5 to $10 for a one-liter bottle of water.

That being said, drinking fountains are pretty rare in Miami; many have become out-of-date throughout the years. It is highly advised to take a reusable water bottle along with you.

Popular Convenience Stores in Miami Florida

  • 7-eleven
  • Dollar Food Stop
  • Stop N’ Shop
  • Walgreens
  • North Beach Mini Mart
  • Wawa
  • Deli View
  • T & J’s Market
  • Little Havana Market
  • Sid’s Sundries
  • Fly Buy
  • Kwik Stop
  • Downstairs
  • University cStore

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

VolumeUSDEURGBP
1.5-liter$1.92€1.74£1.54

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