Tap Water Safety in Australia

Can you drink the tap water in Australia?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Australia (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.

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

The most commonly searched cities in Australia are:

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

World Health Organization Australia Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Australia have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Australia, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 99% and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Australia Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Australia 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
200019066-99%1%
201724451-99%1%
Rural
20003051-99%1%
20173423-99%1%
Urban
20001601598%99%1%
20172102899%99%1%

How Do People In Australia Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Australia 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 Inaccessibility14%Low
Water Pollution29%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility86%High
Water Quality71%High

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