Can you drink the tap water in France?
In general, yes.
The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in France (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.
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 France are:
For a full list of cities in France, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization France Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of France have access to tap water.
In 2000, 97% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.
In France, 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 France Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout France includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
How Do People In France Rate The Water?
Travelers and residents of France 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 Inaccessibility||27%||Low|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||73%||High|
View our tap water report on all cities in France
- Le Havre
- Le Mans