Tap Water Safety in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Can you drink the tap water in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

In general, no.

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

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina are:

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

World Health Organization Bosnia and Herzegovina Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 96 percent of Bosnia and Herzegovina have access to tap water.

In 2000, 87% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 97% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

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

World Health Organization's 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina 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
2000376787%97%1%
2017350789%96%4%
Rural
20002185-96%1%
20171824-97%3%
Urban
20001582-99%1%
20171683-95%5%

How Do People In Bosnia and Herzegovina Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 Inaccessibility30%Moderate
Water Pollution47%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility70%High
Water Quality53%Moderate

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