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Is Alajuela Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Alajuela?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Alajuela.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Costa Rica, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.


Recently, the Government of Costa Rica announced that they would be taking steps to improve the tap water quality in Alajuela. This area has a major problem with contamination from heavy metals and bacteria. In fact, it is one of the most polluted areas on earth. The reason for this is the drainage system used to channel rainwater into the area leads to runoff, which can carry any number of contaminants from farms to livestock to human drinking water. Alajuela is prone to flooding during the rainy season, so this is an important step to take.

Tap Water Health Benefits. Water quality is important to your overall physical and mental well being. Regularly drinking tap water will help lower your risk for high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. It also helps to keep your heart healthy and increases your life span. Some people believe that it improves their concentration and even helps with weight loss.

Tap Water Contaminants. One of the b

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.75 in USD (1.5-liter)


Alajuela tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 38% Low
  • Water Pollution 50% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 63% High
  • Water Quality 50% Moderate

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Alajuela, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

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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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