Tap Water Safety in Pakistan

Can you drink the tap water in Pakistan?

In general, no.

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

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


Tap water can be unsafe for drinking. However, some establishments have water filters/purifiers installed, in which case the water is safe to drink. Packed drinking water (normally called mineral water in Pakistan) is a better choice.
Visitors are strongly advised to refrain from drinking tap water; many Pakistani locals themselves drink boiled or purified water. Take every precaution to drink only boiled, filtered or bottled water. Tap water is known to contain many impurities. Ice is usually made from regular tap-water, and may be even harder to avoid. Fresh milk from the carrier should be boiled and cooled before consumption. Non-pasteurized dairy can spread tuberculosis so be careful of people with hacking coughs. Haleeb Milk and Olpers are trusted brands and are available at most grocery stores.

The most commonly searched cities in Pakistan are:

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

World Health Organization Pakistan Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 91 percent of Pakistan have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 38% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 86% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Pakistan, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 40%.

The rural availability figures at 33%

World Health Organization's 2017 Pakistan Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Pakistan 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 Pakistan Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Pakistan 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 Inaccessibility58%Moderate
Water Pollution72%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility42%Moderate
Water Quality28%Low

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