Tap Water Safety in Palau

Can you drink the tap water in Palau?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Palau (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.

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

World Health Organization Palau Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Palau have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Palau Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Palau 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
200019-91%1%
201722-99%1%
Rural
20006-78%1%
20175-99%1%
Urban
200013-96%1%
201717-99%1%

What Do People In Palau Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Palau 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 Pollution0%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility50%Moderate
Water Quality100%High

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