Tap Water Safety in Timor-Leste

Can you drink the tap water in Timor-Leste?

In general, no.

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

Avoid drinking tap water unless it has been boiled; likewise,avoid ice cubes. It’s best to drink bottled water from reliable sources.

The most commonly searched cities in Timor-Leste are:

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

World Health Organization Timor-Leste Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 78 percent of Timor-Leste have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Timor-Leste Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Timor-Leste 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
2000872---
20171296-78%2%
Rural
2000663---
2017907-70%3%
Urban
2000209---
2017389-98%2%

What Do People In Timor-Leste Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Timor-Leste 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 Inaccessibility67%High
Water Pollution75%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility33%Moderate
Water Quality25%Low

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