Tap Water Safety in Chile

Can you drink the tap water in Chile?

In general, yes.

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.


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

The most commonly searched cities in Chile are:

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

World Health Organization Chile Water Summary

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

In 2000, 92% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 96% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Chile, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 99%.

World Health Organization's 2017 Chile Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Chile 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 Chile Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers 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.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility27%Low
Water Pollution41%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility73%High
Water Quality59%Moderate

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