Tap Water Safety in Uruguay

Last Update10:15 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Uruguay?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Uruguay (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

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Tap water is safe to drink in all major cities. The Hospital Británico (British Hospital), SUMMUM and BlueCross & BlueShield Uruguay have an European-quality service and they are clean and efficient. Asociación Española, Médica Uruguaya and CASMU are the largest healthcare companies in Uruguay and they also have a good quality level. Just don't make any unwise drinking decisions.

How do People In Uruguay Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Uruguay 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 26% Low
  • Water Pollution 46% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 74% High
  • Water Quality 54% Moderate

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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