Tap Water Safety in Mongolia

Can you drink the tap water in Mongolia?

In general, no.

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

  • Bottled water is generally safe“ check that the seal is intact at purchase.
  • Tap water in Ulaanbaatar and other cities is considered bacteria-free, however antiquated plumbing means the water may contain traces of metals that won’t be good for your long-term health.
  • Be cautious about drinking from streams and lakes, as they are easily polluted by livestock. Water is usually OK if you can get it high up in the mountains, near the source. If in doubt, boil your water.
  • The best chemical purifier is iodine, although it should not be used by pregnant women or those with thyroid problems.
  • Water filters should filter out viruses. Ensure your filter has a chemical barrier such as iodine and a small pore size (less than four microns).

The most commonly searched cities in Mongolia are:

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

World Health Organization Mongolia Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 83 percent of Mongolia have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 22% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 62% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Mongolia Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Mongolia 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 Inaccessibility56%Moderate
Water Pollution72%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility44%Moderate
Water Quality28%Low

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