Tap Water Safety in Greece

Last Update9:18 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Greece?

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Greece (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.

What do people in Greece think about the tap water?

Tap water is drinkable and safe in most of Greece but not always in small villages and on some of the islands. Always ask locally if the water is safe and, if in doubt, drink boiled or bought water. Even when water is safe, the substances and bacteria in it may be different from those you are used to and occasionally, can cause vomiting or diarrhoea. Bottled water is widely available, but think about the environmental considerations when you opt for bottled over potable tap water.

Wikitravel

Tap water in most places a traveller would go today is drinkable; if in doubt, ask your hotel. But often though technically drinkable it doesn't taste very good, especially on some small islands (as it is imported in and heavily chlorinated), and many travellers, like many Greeks, prefer to stick to bottled water. By law, water prices in shops must remain within acceptable and very cheap limits (50 eurocents for 1/2 litre), making it much cheaper than in Anglosphere nations.

How do People In Greece Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Greece 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 25% Low
  • Water Pollution 37% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 75% High
  • Water Quality 63% High

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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