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%.
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.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
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.
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||56%||Moderate|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||44%||Moderate|
View our tap water report on all cities in Bangladesh
- Cox's Bazar