Tap Water Safety in Serbia

Can you drink the tap water in Serbia?

In general, no.

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

Serbia’s tap water is safe for drinking, as is the fresh spring water often found at monasteries. Bottled water is sold everywhere.

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Tap water is perfectly safe to drink, and mainly of a good quality, too. If the water looks cloudy, it's because of air bubbles in the water. It's safe to drink, but you can also let it sit for a few seconds and watch the air bubbles clear up.

The most commonly searched cities in Serbia are:

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

World Health Organization Serbia Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 86 percent of Serbia have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 74% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 95% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Serbia, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 81%.

The rural availability figures at 66%

World Health Organization's 2017 Serbia Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Serbia 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
2000948874%95%5%
2017879175%86%14%
Rural
2000445967%97%3%
2017386866%88%11%
Urban
2000502982%93%7%
2017492381%83%16%

What Do People In Serbia Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Serbia 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 Inaccessibility35%Moderate
Water Pollution51%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility65%High
Water Quality49%Moderate

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