Tap Water Safety in the United Kingdom

Last Update10:13 pm, May 8, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

N/A in USD (1.5-liter)

Can you drink the tap water in United Kingdom?

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in United Kingdom (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas. 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 United Kingdom think about the tap water?

The tap water is safe to drink.

Wikitravel

Tap water is safe to drink everywhere, unless otherwise stated.

How do People In United Kingdom Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of United Kingdom 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 25% Low
  • Water Pollution 30% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 75% High
  • Water Quality 70% High

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.

Sources and Resources


Check tap water safety for other countries in Europe

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: