Tap Water Safety in Portugal

Can you drink the tap water in Portugal?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Portugal (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.

What do people in Portugal think about the tap water?

Tap water is safe to drink in Portugal.

The most commonly searched cities in Portugal are:

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

World Health Organization Portugal Water Summary

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

In 2000, 93% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Portugal Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Portugal 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
20001035593%99%1%
20171033095%99%1%
Rural
20004763-98%1%
20173616-99%1%
Urban
20005592-99%1%
20176715-99%1%

What Do People In Portugal Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Portugal 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 Inaccessibility20%Low
Water Pollution30%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility81%High
Water Quality70%High

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