Tap Water Safety in Iran

Can you drink the tap water in Iran?

In general, no.

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

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

World Health Organization Iran Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 95 percent of Iran have access to tap water.

In 2000, 91% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 95% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Iran, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 95% and rural availability figures at 83%.

World Health Organization's 2017 Iran Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Iran 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

How Do People In Iran Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Iran 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 Inaccessibility44%Moderate
Water Pollution51%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility56%Moderate
Water Quality49%Moderate

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