Tap Water Safety in Montenegro

Can you drink the tap water in Montenegro?

In general, no.

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

As a general rule, tap water is drinkable in Montenegro but there can be problems. For instance, it’s advisable not to drink the water in Herceg Novi in May as they close off and clean the pipes from the main reservoir (in Croatia) and revert to a local reservoir. Bottled water is cheap and readily available.

The most commonly searched cities in Montenegro are:

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

World Health Organization Montenegro Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 97 percent of Montenegro have access to drinkable tap water.

In Montenegro, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 94%.

World Health Organization's 2017 Montenegro Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Montenegro 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
2000614---
201762994%97%3%
Rural
2000252---
2017214-99%1%
Urban
2000362---
201741594%96%4%

What Do People In Montenegro Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Montenegro 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 Inaccessibility25%Low
Water Pollution38%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility75%High
Water Quality62%Moderate

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