Can you drink the tap water in North Korea?
In general, no.
The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in North Korea (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 North Korea think about the tap water?
It is not recommended to drink tap water in North Korea. Bottled water is available at all hotels.
The most commonly searched cities in North Korea are:
For a full list of cities in North Korea, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization North Korea Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 95 percent of North Korea have access to drinkable tap water.
In 2000, 69% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.
In North Korea, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 77%.
The rural availability figures at 50%
World Health Organization's 2017 North Korea Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout North Korea includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
What Do People In North Korea Think About The Tap Water?
Travelers and residents of North Korea 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 Inaccessibility||67%||High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||33%||Moderate|