Tap Water Safety in Venezuela

Can you drink the tap water in Venezuela?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Venezuela (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 Venezuela think about the tap water?

Tap water is generally fine for brushing your teeth, but is not recommended for consumption, particularly outside urban areas and in the current crisis. Water shortages across the country mean you should be conservative in your usage, to say the least.

Wikitravel

Venezuela is home to the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls and the second longest river in South America, the Orinoco. It also has the longest coastline on the Caribbean sea. Venezuela is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter and also has vast untapped reserves of natural gas. Ecologically, Venezuela is considered among the 20 Megadiverse countries of the planet; more than 40% of its national territory is covered by protected areas.
You may have some diarrhea issues adjusting to the foods and liquids in Venezuela. You should preferably buy bottled water and not drink from the tap, but iced drinks and salads are generally fine (depending on the water supply quality of your native country). Be careful with expired foods and cheeses that are many days old.You usually find street vendors by highways, who sell food and who don't always have much of hygienic food handling practices. Use common sense when selecting what to eat in the street. Mind, that fresh food and mayonnaise may go bad fast due to the local climate.

The most commonly searched cities in Venezuela are:

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

World Health Organization Venezuela Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 96 percent of Venezuela have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Venezuela Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Venezuela 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
200024488-97%1%
201731977-96%1%
Rural
20002939---
20173837---
Urban
200021549---
201728140---

What Do People In Venezuela Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Venezuela 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 Inaccessibility67%High
Water Pollution72%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility33%Moderate
Water Quality28%Low

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