Tap Water Safety in Albania

Can you drink the tap water in Albania?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Albania (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in Albania think about the tap water?

Drinking water is generally safe, and is delicious in the mountains, but check with locals first. Many locals in bigger cities prefer to drink bottled water.

The most commonly searched cities in Albania are:

For a full list of cities in Albania, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization Albania Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 91 percent of Albania have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 49% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 88% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Albania Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Albania includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited
National
2000312249%88%9%
2017293070%91%5%
Rural
20001811-82%13%
20171201-90%5%
Urban
20001311-96%4%
20171729-92%5%

What Do People In Albania Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Albania 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.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility66%High
Water Pollution69%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility34%Moderate
Water Quality31%Moderate

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