Tap Water Safety in Turkey

Can you drink the tap water in Turkey?

In general, no.

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

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

Traveller's Notes

It's not wise to drink tap water if you're only in Turkey on a short visit. Stick to bottled water, boil tap water for 10 minutes or use purification tablets or a filter. Do not drink river or lake water, which may lead to diarrhoea or vomiting.

The most commonly searched cities in Turkey are:

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

World Health Organization Turkey Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Turkey have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 95% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Turkey, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at undefined % and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Turkey Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Turkey 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
200063240-95%1%
201780745-99%1%
Rural
200022134-89%1%
201720186-99%1%
Urban
200041106-99%1%
201760559-99%1%

How Do People In Turkey Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Turkey 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 Inaccessibility48%Moderate
Water Pollution53%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility52%Moderate
Water Quality47%Moderate

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