Tap Water Safety in Kazakhstan

Can you drink the tap water in Kazakhstan?

In general, no.

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

In general, tap water is not safe to drink in Kazakhstan. Some locals do, or have filters attached to their taps, but it’s best to err on the side of caution and either boil the water or buy bottled water.

The most commonly searched cities in Kazakhstan are:

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

World Health Organization Kazakhstan Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 96 percent of Kazakhstan have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 58% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 85% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Kazakhstan Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Kazakhstan 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 Pollution55%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility56%Moderate
Water Quality45%Moderate

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