Tap Water Safety in Chile

Last Update8:56 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Chile?

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Chile (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas. 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 Chile think about the tap water?

The tap water in Chile’s cities is generally safe but has a high mineral content that can cause stomach upsets; bottled water is a good idea for delicate stomachs and in the north. Vigorous boiling for one minute is the most effective means of water purification. At altitudes greater than 2000m, boil for three minutes. You can also disinfect water with iodine pills, a water filter or Steripen.

Wikitravel

Tap water is safe to drink, although bottled water is ubiquitous.

How do People In Chile Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Chile 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 27% Low
  • Water Pollution 41% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 73% High
  • Water Quality 59% Moderate

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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