Tap Water Safety in Paraguay

Can you drink the tap water in Paraguay?

In general, no.

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

Water is drinkable in the cities, but avoid it in the countryside. In the Chaco it is positively salty.


Tap water in Asuncion, and for sure Ciudad del Este, is NOT potable! Tap water in the rest of Paraguay should be treated to make it safe for drinking. There have been efforts by PLAN International to bring safe, potable water to communities in rural areas (if there is such water available, it is safe to drink). Ask before drinking water in rural areas however--many Paraguayans will claim their water is safe to drink even if it's not purified.

The most commonly searched cities in Paraguay are:

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

World Health Organization Paraguay Water Summary

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

In 2000, 49% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 75% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Paraguay, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 72%.

The rural availability figures at 51%

World Health Organization's 2017 Paraguay Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Paraguay 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 Inaccessibility42%Moderate
Water Pollution60%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility58%Moderate
Water Quality40%Moderate

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