Tap Water Safety in the Dominican Republic

Can you drink the tap water in Dominican Republic?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Dominican Republic (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

The most commonly searched cities in Dominican Republic are:

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

World Health Organization Dominican Republic Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 97 percent of Dominican Republic have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 90% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Dominican Republic, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at undefined % and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Dominican Republic Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Dominican Republic 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
20008563-90%4%
201710767-97%1%
Rural
20003254-79%8%
20172153-90%2%
Urban
20005309-96%2%
20178614-98%1%

How Do People In Dominican Republic Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Dominican Republic 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 Inaccessibility61%Moderate
Water Pollution71%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility39%Moderate
Water Quality29%Low

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