Tap Water Safety in Morocco

Last Update9:39 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Morocco?

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

Tap water is chlorinated in Morocco’s cities and generally safe to drink – certainly safe to clean your teeth with. Elsewhere, stick to treated water – filter or purify it. Bottled water is available everywhere, although there is an environmental cost through the mountains of discarded (and unrecycled) plastic bottles. Off the beaten track, water drawn from wells or pumped from boreholes should be safe, but never drink water from rivers or lakes, as this may contain bacteria or viruses that can cause diarrhea or vomiting.

Wikitravel

As a rule, do not drink tap water at all in Morocco, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of minerals than the water in Europe. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for travellers from places such as Europe, drinking the tap water will usually result in illness. Generally this is not serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it is enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday.

How do People In Morocco Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Morocco 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 44% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 55% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 56% Moderate
  • Water Quality 45% Moderate

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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