Tap Water Safety in Switzerland

Can you drink the tap water in Switzerland?

In general, yes.

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

Traveller's Notes

Tap water in Switzerland is pure, rich in minerals and perfectly safe to drink – in fact it’s often just as good as any of the stuff you can buy in bottles. Don’t necessarily expect it free in restaurants, however; bottled water (either still or sparkling) is the norm.

Wikitravel

Generally there is no problem with food and water in Switzerland. Restaurants are controlled by strict rules. Water is perfectly drinkable everywhere from literally every water tap, even out of all public fountains unless specially marked (Kein Trinkwasser! - Pas potable! - Non potabile!). There are many organic food stores and restaurants available and it is currently illegal to import or sell any genetically modified food.

The most commonly searched cities in Switzerland are:

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

World Health Organization Switzerland Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Switzerland have access to 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.

In Switzerland, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at undefined % and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Switzerland Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Switzerland 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
2000716793%99%1%
2017847695%99%1%
Rural
20001935-99%1%
20172204-99%1%
Urban
20005232-99%1%
20176272-99%1%

How Do People In Switzerland Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Switzerland 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 Inaccessibility8%Low
Water Pollution16%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility92%High
Water Quality84%High

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