Tap Water Safety in Bangladesh

Last Update7:36 am, September 18, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in ?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

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Bangladesh is a fish lover's paradise. Traditionally most of the country lives off of the once-bountiful freshwater river fish, especially the officially designated "national fish" Hilsa (kind of Shad fish). The Hilsa has a nice flavour, but some may find the many fine bones difficult to manage; if you can master eating this fish, consider yourself on par with the locals in fish-eating and deboning expertise. Various recipes exist for cooking Hilsa, suitable for all seasons and all regions of the country. Mutton is also popular, as in most Muslim countries, as is decidedly lean or hard chicken. Rice is almost always the staple side dish.

How do People In Bangladesh Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Bangladesh 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 56% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 74% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 44% Moderate
  • Water Quality 26% Low

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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Can you drink the tap water in Bangladesh?

In general, no.

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

Additionally, the World Health Organization states that in urban areas, tap water is only safe in 61% of locations, while in rural areas it is only 45%.

Bangladesh tap water

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 Bangladesh are:

For a full list of cities in Bangladesh, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here (internal anchor tag)

World Health Organization Bangladesh Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 97 percent of Bangladesh have access to tap water. And 40 percent alone have proper sanitation. With a vast 60 percent of the population that has to endure unsafe drinking water, the nation is in danger. The availability of water exceedingly fluctuates during the warmer season and brings large amounts of water in frequent monsoons. And throughout the colder season, it brings drought. The infrastructure cannot sufficiently deal with the barrage of water in monsoon season, not saving water for the drier months. Over 80 percent of water used only for agriculture.

World Health Organization’s 2017 Bangladesh Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Bangladesh 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
2000131,58156%95%<1%
2017164,67055%97%2%
Rural
2000100,00259%94%<1%
2017105,38961%97%2%
Urban
200031,57945%99%<1%
201759,28145%97%1%

How Do People In Bangladesh Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Bangladesh 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 Inaccessibility56%Moderate
Water Pollution74%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility44%Moderate
Water Quality26%Low

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