Tap Water Safety in Trinidad and Tobago

Last Update10:10 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Trinidad and Tobago?

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

Tap water is heavily chlorinated in Trinidad and Tobago, and tastes better boiled than fresh from the tap. It can still cause upsets for those unused to it, though, so it’s best to stick to bottled water.

Wikitravel

The Tobago Tourist Board boasts that "the wildlife in Tobago won't kill you", which is mostly true. The islands do have mosquitoes and isolated cases of dengue fever have been reported. The tap water is generally safe to drink, though many visitors prefer bottled water because the public water often has a strong chlorine taste. Use your best judgement if in an area where homes collect rain water from the roof, but very few problems are reported.

How do People In Trinidad and Tobago Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Trinidad and Tobago 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 48% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 67% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 52% Moderate
  • Water Quality 33% Low

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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