Tap Water Safety in Syria

Can you drink the tap water in Syria?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Syria (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.


Generally you cant drink tap water, its usually unfiltered, but if you're unsure ask the locals first. This water is free compared to bottled water, which comes at anywhere between 150-250 Syrian Pound for 1.5 litres.

The most commonly searched cities in Syria are:

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

World Health Organization Syria Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 97 percent of Syria have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Syria Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Syria 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 Inaccessibility50%Moderate
Water Pollution52%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility50%Moderate
Water Quality48%Moderate

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