Tap Water Safety in Paraguay

Last Update9:48 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Paraguay?

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.

Wikitravel

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.

How do People In Paraguay Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 42% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 60% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 58% Moderate
  • Water Quality 40% Moderate

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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