Tap Water Safety in the Netherlands

Can you drink the tap water in Netherlands?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Netherlands (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.

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 Netherlands think about the tap water?

Tap water country-wide is drinkable.

The most commonly searched cities in Netherlands are:

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

World Health Organization Netherlands Water Summary

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

In 2000, 99% 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 Netherlands Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Netherlands 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
20001592699%99%1%
20171703699%99%1%
Rural
20003663-99%1%
20171533-99%1%
Urban
200012263-99%1%
201715503-99%1%

What Do People In Netherlands Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Netherlands 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 Inaccessibility9%Low
Water Pollution20%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility91%High
Water Quality80%High

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