Is Paris Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:16 am, May 11, 2020

Can you drink tap water in Paris?

Can you drink the tap water in Paris France? Yes, tap water here is safe to drink. Most Parisians are completely comfortable drinking and using water every day.

If you are out for dinner, you may request a “caraffe d’eau” instead of bottled water, which can be expensive. The waiter will serve you a pitcher of tap water that is safe to drink. Perhaps you’ll notice a faint chloral smell or taste but don’t worry about it, it is clean and safe!

Locals suggest that you bring your bottle and use the publicly available water sources. Paris has many fountains that provide free freshwater; these provide a great alternative for those who want to avoid plastic waste or save money on buying water.

Source of Water in Paris, France

Paris Tap Water
River Seine, Eiffel Tower

Half of the drinking water needs in Paris and regions come from the Seine. The other half comes from aquifers and aqueducts.

The drinking water system is supplied mainly by reservoirs located at sites around Paris. The areas of distribution can vary from time to time because of certain constraints in the production process.

  • The Montsouris reservoir – (203,000 m³) supplies Paris with water from the Vanne and Loing aqueducts.
  • The Ménilmontant and Lilas reservoirs, the Belleville and Montmartre reservoirs and tanksHay-les-Roses – (300,000 m³) supplies Paris with water from the Joinville plant and the reservoir (229,000 m3) supplies water from the Orly plant.
  • The Saint-Cloud reservoir – (355,000 m³) supplies water from the Avre aqueduct.

Traveler’s Notes

Tap water in Paris is safe to drink, although many Parisians prefer to buy bottled water.

Current Weather in Paris


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Estimated Price of Bottled Water

1.5-liter €0.87$0.97 £0.80

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