Tap Water Safety in Brunei

Can you drink the tap water in Brunei?

In general, no.

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

Never drink tap water unless you’ve verified that it’s safe (many parts of Brunei have modern treatment plants). BSB’s tap water is considered safe to drink.


Eating out is generally safe because of good food safety standards, although tap water is not fit for drinking & should be boiled first. Alternatively, bottled water is very cheap.

The most commonly searched cities in Brunei are:

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

World Health Organization Brunei Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Brunei have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Brunei Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Brunei includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

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

What Do People In Brunei Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Brunei 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 Inaccessibility25%Low
Water Pollution47%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility75%High
Water Quality53%Moderate

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