Is Miami Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:25 am, May 11, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$2 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Miami?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

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

What Do People In Florida Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Florida 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 29% Low
  • Water Pollution 48% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 71% High
  • Water Quality 52% Moderate


Miami Dade Water and Sewer Authority

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 2300000
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Groundwater
  • Total: 21

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Arsenic
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHPA)
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Other Detected Contaminants

  • 1%2C4-Dioxane
  • Aluminum
  • Barium
  • Chlorate
  • Chlorodifluoromethane
  • Chromium (total)
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Molybdenum
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Selenium
  • Strontium
  • Uranium
  • Vanadium


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.

Sources and Resources

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

Miami Tap Water
Miami, Florida USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitors the levels of contaminants in city water systems, but bottled water, which is a packaged good, is regulated by the FDAThe Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) conduct more than 100,000 examinations of city water samples each year.

Source of Tap Water in Miami, FL USA

The primary source of Miami’s tap water is groundwater from the Biscayne Aquifer which is located below ground in Southern Florida. Aquifers are vast, underground rocks made of porous limestone that contain a large amount of freshwater. The freshwater that is trapped in these aquifers is pumped up to the surface and delivered to reservoirs or treatment plants. This water is generally clean because it is naturally filtered through many layers of soil and rock. Water moving through aquifers is incredibly slow as 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 (only a few feet down in most places), it is especially susceptible to contamination.

Current Weather in Miami


Do Restaurants Serve Tap Water in Miami?

Most restaurants you go to will ask if you want sparkling water, bottled water, or tap. Unfortunately, there is no law requiring 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 between $5 to $10 for a one-liter bottle of water.

Drinking fountains are pretty rare in Miami; many have become out-of-date over the years. It is highly advised to take a reusable water bottle along with you.

Some of the Convenience Stores in Miami

Walgreens Convenience Store
Walgreens Convenience Store
  • 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

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