Tap Water Safety in Colombia

Can you drink the tap water in Colombia?

In general, no.

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

  • Colombia has excellent water resources and tap water in bigger cities and mountainous areas is usually safe to drink.
  • In less developed lowland regions including the Amazon Basin, Chocó and parts of the Caribbean coast it’s best to purchase water or treat tap water before use.


The water is drinkable straight from the tap in most of the major cities, but be prepared to buy some bottles if you go to the countryside. Agua Manantial Bottled water is recommended, it comes from a natural spring near Bogotá. Some advice, make sure you do not use ice cubes, or drink any beverage that might contain non distilled water, ask if the beverage is made with tap or bottled/boiled water.

The most commonly searched cities in Colombia are:

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

World Health Organization Colombia Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 97 percent of Colombia have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 68% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 91% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Colombia, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 81%.

The rural availability figures at 40%

World Health Organization's 2017 Colombia Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Colombia 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 Inaccessibility22%Low
Water Pollution44%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility78%High
Water Quality56%Moderate

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