Tap Water Safety in the Northern Mariana Islands

Can you drink the tap water in Northern Mariana Islands?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Northern Mariana Islands (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

The most commonly searched cities in Northern Mariana Islands are:

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

World Health Organization Northern Mariana Islands Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Northern Mariana Islands have access to tap water.

In 2000, 82% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 97% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Northern Mariana Islands, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at undefined % and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Northern Mariana Islands Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Northern Mariana Islands 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
20006982%97%1%
20175590%99%1%
Rural
20007---
20174---
Urban
200062---
201751---

How Do People In Northern Mariana Islands Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Northern Mariana Islands 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 Inaccessibility50%Moderate
Water Pollution75%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility50%Moderate
Water Quality25%Low

View our tap water report on all cities in Northern Mariana Islands