Tap Water Safety in Taiwan

Can you drink the tap water in Taiwan?

In general, no.

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

  • Drinkable in Taipei without treatment but still best to boil or filter.
  • Filtered hot and cold water from dispensers is available in every hotel, guesthouse and visitor information centre so it’s handy to bring your own bottle.
  • Ice is usually fine at restaurants. Shaved ice (with fruit) is usually fine but take a look at the conditions in the shop.


Water or ice you are served in restaurants are usually filtered tap water (mostly without extra charge for water), which is generally safe. However, it is best to drink water both filtered and boiled.
Another reason for drinking previously boiled or bottled water in Taiwan is that Taiwan is a seismic active zone. Because of a large number of earthquakes, the water delivery system (pipes) are easily damaged allowing contaminants to enter the water prior to it reaching the tap. Therefore drinking previously boiled or bottled water is probably a wise choice.
Don't drink tap water without boiling it, though it's safe for brushing your teeth.

The most commonly searched cities in Taiwan are:

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


World Health Organization Taiwan Water Summary

The World Health Organization has unspecified data of information in Taiwan. You can review below how locals and tourists rated the drinking water in the country. Also, you may ask people from the area with regards to their advice of drinking water, or if skeptical stick with bottled water to ensure safety.

World Health Organization's 2017 Taiwan Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Taiwan 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 Inaccessibility45%Moderate
Water Pollution59%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility55%Moderate
Water Quality41%Moderate

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