Tap Water Safety in Oman

Can you drink the tap water in Oman?

In general, no.

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

Tap water is safe to drink in main towns throughout Oman. Filling up containers with water from the hotel is an option but don’t underestimate the amount of water required for long journeys in summer. Don’t drink from mountain irrigation channels as these are often contaminated by grazing animals.


Bottled drinking (mineral) water is easily available at most stores. Tap water is generally safe; however, most Omanis drink bottled water and to be safe, you should too.

The most commonly searched cities in Oman are:

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

World Health Organization Oman Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 92 percent of Oman have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Oman Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Oman includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

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

What Do People In Oman Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Oman 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 Inaccessibility29%Low
Water Pollution38%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility71%High
Water Quality62%Moderate

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