Tap Water Safety in Uruguay

Can you drink the tap water in Uruguay?

In general, no.

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.

Wikitravel

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.

The most commonly searched cities in Uruguay are:

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

World Health Organization Uruguay Water Summary

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

In Uruguay, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 95%.

World Health Organization's 2017 Uruguay Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Uruguay 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
20003321-97%1%
20173457-99%1%
Rural
2000266-75%2%
2017173-95%5%
Urban
2000305594%99%1%
2017328495%99%1%

What Do People In Uruguay Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers 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.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility26%Low
Water Pollution46%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility74%High
Water Quality54%Moderate

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