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.

What do people in Dominican Republic think about the tap water?

Only purified water should be used for drinking, brushing your teeth as well as hand washing.


Do not drink tap water! Locals, even in the most rural areas, will either boil their water or purchase bottled water. Eating salads or other food that may be washed in tap water is not advisable. Ice is a bad idea as well, except when in luxury hotels and restaurants (which produce ice from bottled water). If you plan on cooking or washing dishes for longer stays, it is a good idea to rinse everything with bottled or boiled water before use. In every community, there will be one or more colmados (the same thing as what people in Puerto Rico call bodegas) where you can buy small amounts of everything. Water is sold in bottles at 15 pesos and up; it is also sold in plastic bags (fundas) at 2 for 5 pesos, but the best way (by ecological and economic means) to buy drinkable water in the Dominican Republic is to buy a botellón which is a big, refillable bottle of water. It costs 50 pesos for a refill of 17 litres (5 gallons), and the canister (botellón) itself costs around 200 pesos. If you stay somewhere for a few days, you may ask about buying it just for a few days, and you will probably get a full refund when you return it.
Avoid drinking local tap water and only drink bottled water or other beverages. It is important for visitors to stay hydrated in the hot, humid climate.

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World Health Organization Dominican Republic Water Summary

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

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.

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 Dominican Republic Think About The Tap 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.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility61%Moderate
Water Pollution71%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility39%Moderate
Water Quality29%Low

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