Tap Water Safety in Slovakia

Can you drink the tap water in Slovakia?

In general, yes.

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

There’s absolutely no need to buy bottled water in Slovakia, the tap water is safe to drink – good news for wallets and for the environment. Other than instances where a crossed-out warning symbol is posted above a tap (for example, in some public toilets) you can expect water issuing from taps to be potable. Travellers prone to upset stomachs may choose to bring a portable water filter for peace of mind when drinking tap water. Note that mineral-rich waters are highly prized in Slovakia, and in spa towns you are likely to see locals queuing to fill containers with water piped from underground sources. Because of the mineral content, this water can be warm, fizzy or with a strong metallic taste. Travellers unused to it may find that these mineral waters cause nausea. Limit yourself to a few sips if you have a delicate stomach.


Tap water is drinkable everywhere. According to one study, water used as tap water in the Bratislava-Vienna region is the cleanest in the world. If you prefer mineral water, you can choose from a multitude of brands, as the republic has possibly the highest number of natural mineral water springs per capita in the world.

The most commonly searched cities in Slovakia are:

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

World Health Organization Slovakia Water Summary

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

In 2000, 92% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 98% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Slovakia Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Slovakia 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 Inaccessibility14%Low
Water Pollution30%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility86%High
Water Quality70%High

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