Tap Water Safety in Belize

Can you drink the tap water in Belize?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Belize (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 Belize think about the tap water?

In major urban areas tap water in Belize is considered safe to drink. Outside larger cities and towns, hotels may use wells or rainwater collection tanks in which case water should be boiled or treated. Many hotels will provide drinking water for guests.

The most commonly searched cities in Belize are:

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

World Health Organization Belize Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 98 percent of Belize have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Belize Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Belize 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
2000247-87%1%
2017375-98%1%
Rural
2000136-84%1%
2017203-97%1%
Urban
2000111-91%1%
2017173-99%1%

What Do People In Belize Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Belize 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 Inaccessibility32%Moderate
Water Pollution62%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility68%High
Water Quality38%Moderate

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