Tap Water Safety in North Macedonia

Can you drink the tap water in North Macedonia?

In general, no.

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

Tap water is generally safe to drink in North Macedonia (you’ll see plenty of public fountains around Skopje and in rural villages), but check with locals before filling up your water bottle, just to be on the safe side.

The most commonly searched cities in North Macedonia are:

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

World Health Organization North Macedonia Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 93 percent of North Macedonia have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 97% 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 Macedonia, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 90%.

The rural availability figures at 69%

World Health Organization's 2017 North Macedonia Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout North Macedonia 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
2000203597%99%1%
2017208381%93%6%
Rural
200083495%99%1%
201787569%97%2%
Urban
2000120199%99%1%
2017120890%91%9%

What Do People In North Macedonia Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of North Macedonia 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 Inaccessibility43%Moderate
Water Pollution51%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility57%Moderate
Water Quality49%Moderate

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