Tap Water in Milan Safe to Drink? (2019)

In Milan, Italy tap water is safe to drink. Nevertheless, there have been some complaints on leeching pipes, obtained from old buildings. Those have been affected due to the pollution produced by lead, metals, microplastics, and chlorine by-products. Fortunately, you can only find contaminants in some areas. Before drinking tap water, it is essential to ask expats near you.

Source of Water in Milan, Italy

Milan tap Water

Drinking water in Milan came from 433 wells in the vicinity of the city. That said, other cities in Italy source of water is from rivers.

A yearly fifty-eight billion cubic meters expected water resources in Italy by which 72% came from surface water and 28% from groundwater. About 70% of the underground resources are in the massive flood plains of northern Italy, while groundwater in southern Italy is confined in the short stretches of coastal plains and a few inner areas.

The Vedovelle Fountains

The vedovelle are the typical dark green cast-iron public drinking fountains in Milan; they are about one and a half meters high and fifty centimeters wide. A dragon’s head emerged from a rectangular base adorned with the municipality of Milan design and topped with a pinion.

The strange name given to the drinking fountains originates from the sound of the endless stream of water that recalls the inconsolable weeping of a grieving widow. There are about 400 functioning fountains dispersed throughout the municipality of Milan. The www.fontanelle.org website has a map of all the refreshing spots.

The oldest vedovella is in the bronze structure located in Piazza Della Scala, unlike other drinking fountains. The architect Luca Beltrami was inspired by the gargoyles on the side of the Duomo. The huge rainwater drains in the shape of scary monsters.

Some of the Local Convenience Stores in Milan

  • Enoteca El Vinatt dal 1964
  • Vivafruit S.R.L.
  • Mini Market Il Negozio Sotto Casa
  • Stendhal’s Mini market
  • Gran Market – Ok Sigma
  • Lino Market
  • La Bottega Simply
  • Semprebio – emporio&ristoro – Cuorebio
  • Market Girasole
  • Euro Zone Market

Estimated Price of Bottled Water


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