Tap Water Safety in Uzbekistan

Can you drink the tap water in Uzbekistan?

In general, no.

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

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 Uzbekistan think about the tap water?

Tap water in Uzbekistan isn’t safe to drink, especially in Karakalpakstan. Bottled water is available cheaply everywhere. Long-term visitors should bring a filter.


Visitors should consider tap water to be unsafe to drink in regions, while in capital of Uzbekistan the water is safe for drinking. In any case drinking bottled water is advised.

The most commonly searched cities in Uzbekistan are:

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

World Health Organization Uzbekistan Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 98 percent of Uzbekistan have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 56% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 85% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Uzbekistan, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 86%.

The rural availability figures at 31%

World Health Organization's 2017 Uzbekistan Water Data

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

Travelers and residents of Uzbekistan 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 Inaccessibility28%Low
Water Pollution43%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility72%High
Water Quality57%Moderate

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