Tap Water Safety in Brazil

Can you drink the tap water in Brazil?

In general, no.

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

Tap water in Brazilian cities such as Rio and São Paulo is generally safe to drink, but it tastes awful. In remote areas, tap water may be suspect. Many hotels and guesthouses filter their water – be sure to inquire about the status where you’re staying. Vigorous boiling for one minute is the most effective means of water purification, though you can also use a water filter, ultraviolet light (such as a steripen) or iodine pills.

Wikitravel

Tap water varies from place to place, (from contaminated, saline or soaked with chlorine to plain drinkable) and Brazilians themselves usually prefer to have it filtered.
In airports, bus stations, as well as many of the cheaper hotels, it is common to find drinking fountains (bebedouro), although not always safe. In hostel kitchens, look for the tap with the cylindrical filter attached. In more expensive hotels, there is often no publicly accessible fountain, and bedrooms contain minibars — selling you mineral water at extremely inflated prices.

The most commonly searched cities in Brazil are:

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

World Health Organization Brazil Water Summary

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

In Brazil, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 92%.

World Health Organization's 2017 Brazil Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Brazil 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
2000175288-94%1%
2017209288-98%1%
Rural
200033305-74%2%
201729300-90%2%
Urban
200014198391%98%1%
201717998892%99%1%

What Do People In Brazil Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Brazil 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 Inaccessibility38%Moderate
Water Pollution61%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility62%Moderate
Water Quality39%Moderate

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