Tap Water Safety in Venezuela

Last Update10:16 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Venezuela?

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.

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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.

How do People In Venezuela Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 67% High
  • Water Pollution 72% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 33% Low
  • Water Quality 28% Low

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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