Tap Water Safety in Jordan

Can you drink the tap water in Jordan?

In general, no.

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!

The most commonly searched cities in Jordan are:

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

World Health Organization Jordan Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Jordan have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 94% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Jordan Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Jordan includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
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
National
2000510394%99%1%
2017970294%99%1%
Rural
20001123-98%1%
2017873-98%1%
Urban
20003980-99%1%
20178829-99%1%

What Do People In Jordan Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers 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.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility54%Moderate
Water Pollution65%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility46%Moderate
Water Quality35%Moderate

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