Tap Water Safety in Guatemala

Can you drink the tap water in Guatemala?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Guatemala (source).

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 Guatemala think about the tap water?

While many Guatemalans drink the tap water (often through necessity rather than choice), it is not recommended that foreigners do so.

  • Tap water needs to be boiled thoroughly or disinfected.
  • Purified water is cheap and readily available in tourist areas and many back-country regions as well.
  • Ice in more expensive restaurants is made from purified water, but order drinks without it if you want to be really cautious.

The most commonly searched cities in Guatemala are:

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

World Health Organization Guatemala Water Summary

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

In 2000, 47% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 86% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Guatemala, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 66%.

The rural availability figures at 46%

World Health Organization's 2017 Guatemala Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Guatemala 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 Inaccessibility57%Moderate
Water Pollution65%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility43%Moderate
Water Quality35%Moderate

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