Tap Water Safety in Jamaica

Last Update9:27 pm, May 8, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

NA in USD (1.5-liter)

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility
  • Water Pollution
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility
  • Water Quality

Can you drink the tap water in Jamaica?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Jamaica (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 Jamaica think about the tap water?

Water is generally safe to drink from faucets throughout the island except in the most far-flung rural regions. It is safest, however, to stick with bottled water, which is widely available. It’s a good idea to avoid ice, particularly that sold at street stands as ‘bellywash,’ ‘snocones’ or ‘skyjuice’ – shaved-ice cones sweetened with fruit juice. Unless you’re certain that the local water is not contaminated, you shouldn’t drink it. In Jamaica’s backwaters, clean your teeth with purified water rather than tap water.

Wikitravel

The tap water is generally good and safe to drink. All piped water in Jamaica is treated to international standards, and will be of the same quality you could expect to find in North America or Europe. Water service in rural areas can sometimes go out for several hours at a time. People in rural areas have their own water tanks, which catch water when it rains, so be ready to draw from a tank instead of turning a pipe. Water from these sources should be boiled before being consumed. Bottled water such as Wata (a local brand), Aquafina and Deer Park are widely available.

What Do People In Jamaica Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Jamaica 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.

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.

Sources and Resources


Check tap water safety for other countries in North America

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: