Tap Water Safety in Ecuador

Can you drink the tap water in Ecuador?

In general, no.

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.


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.

The most commonly searched cities in Ecuador are:

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

World Health Organization Ecuador Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 94 percent of Ecuador have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 66% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 82% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Ecuador, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 85%.

The rural availability figures at 58%

World Health Organization's 2017 Ecuador Water Data

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

Travelers 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.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility37%Moderate
Water Pollution52%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility63%Moderate
Water Quality48%Moderate

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