Tap Water Safety in Trinidad and Tobago

Can you drink the tap water in Trinidad and Tobago?

In general, no.

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.


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.

The most commonly searched cities in Trinidad and Tobago are:

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

World Health Organization Trinidad and Tobago Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 98 percent of Trinidad and Tobago have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Water Data

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

Travelers 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.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility48%Moderate
Water Pollution67%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility52%Moderate
Water Quality33%Moderate

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