Tap Water Safety in Jordan

Last Update1:56 pm, April 17, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Jordan?

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

Tap water in Jordan is generally safe to drink, but for a short trip it’s better to stick to bottled water. This is readily available but check the seal has not been broken. Alternatively, you can boil tap water for 10 minutes, use water purification tablets or a filter. The tap water in southern Jordan, particularly Wadi Rum, comes from natural springs at Diseh and so is extremely pure. Avoid drinking water from wadis in the wild as pools may have been used as waterholes for livestock. In the Jordan Valley, amoebic dysentery can be a problem. If you get stuck in the desert without water, remember that you are more likely to be seriously ill (and even die) from dehydration than you are from an upset stomach, however unpleasant it may be. In summary, if water is offered and you need it, worry about its provenance later!

How do People In Jordan Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Jordan 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 54% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 65% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 46% Moderate
  • Water Quality 35% Low

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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