Tap Water Safety in Saudi Arabia

Can you drink the tap water in Saudi Arabia?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Saudi Arabia (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 Saudi Arabia think about the tap water?

Tap water is not safe to drink in Saudi Arabia. Consider buying a reusable bottle with a filter before you arrive.

Wikitravel

There are major health risks for travelling in Saudi Arabia: tap water is NOT drinkable but food is usually, but not always, hygienic. Hepatitis and Meningitis vaccinations are required for general travel to the Kingdom. For pilgrims joining the Hajj and its extraordinary concentrations of pilgrims from all corners of the globe, a comprehensive series of vaccinations is required as a condition for entry. See the Hajj article for details. Malaria, Dengue fever and the new SARS-like Coronavirus (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome - Coronavirus "MERS-CoV") are major concerns when travelling to Saudi Arabia and all can potentially cause death if acquired. Stay Healthy.

The most commonly searched cities in Saudi Arabia are:

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

World Health Organization Saudi Arabia Water Summary

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

World Health Organization's 2017 Saudi Arabia Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Saudi Arabia 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
200020764-97%1%
201732938-99%1%
Rural
20004153---
20175270---
Urban
200016611---
201727668---

What Do People In Saudi Arabia Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Saudi Arabia 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 Inaccessibility36%Moderate
Water Pollution48%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility64%Moderate
Water Quality52%Moderate

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