Is Miami Tap Water Safe to Drink? (2020)

Safe to drink?yes
Passed the WHO International Standard or the EPA Standard?yes
The estimated price of bottled water in USD(1.5-liter)$1.92

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.

Weather

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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Drinking fountains are pretty rare in Miami; many have become out-of-date over the years.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

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

VolumeUSDEURGBP
1.5-liter$1.92€1.74£1.54

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