Tap Water Safety in El Salvador

Can you drink the tap water in El Salvador?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in El Salvador (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 El Salvador are:

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

World Health Organization El Salvador Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 97 percent of El Salvador have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 78% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In El Salvador, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 77% and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 El Salvador Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout El Salvador 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
20005868-78%6%
20176378-97%1%
Rural
20002406-56%12%
20171850-92%1%
Urban
2000346286%93%3%
2017452877%99%1%

How Do People In El Salvador Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of El Salvador 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 Inaccessibility62%Moderate
Water Pollution70%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility38%Moderate
Water Quality30%Moderate

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