Tap Water Safety in Turkmenistan

Can you drink the tap water in Turkmenistan?

In general, no.

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

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


Avoid drinking tap water. Tap Water in Turkmenistan is known to contain traces of toxic metals, and this can cause long-term health problems.

The most commonly searched cities in Turkmenistan are:

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

World Health Organization Turkmenistan Water Summary

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

In 2000, 66% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 87% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Turkmenistan, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 97%.

The rural availability figures at 91%

World Health Organization's 2017 Turkmenistan Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Turkmenistan 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 Inaccessibility33%Moderate
Water Pollution33%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility68%High
Water Quality68%High

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