Tap Water Safety in Ecuador

Last Update9:11 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Ecuador?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Ecuador (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

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Bottled water is very common and is safe to drink; it comes con gas (carbonated) and sin gas (non-carbonated). Water from the tap is unsafe to drink. Even Ecuadorians generally only drink bottled (or boiled) water.

How do People In Ecuador Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Ecuador 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 37% Low
  • Water Pollution 52% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 63% High
  • Water Quality 48% 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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