Is Almaty Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update10:05 am, November 17, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.47 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Almaty?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

There was no general information available in WHO data about safely managed drinking water in Kazakhstan. You may check the rate of travelers and residents of Almaty water quality.


It was nearly two weeks ago when I stumbled upon an article in the International Herald Tribune (Tirataki, Indonesia) written by Dr. Paul Lama with the title: Tap Water Safety in Kazakhstan. I did not know that there were problems in Kazakhstan regarding tap water quality and drinking water. It is alarming that even countries with plentiful supplies of fresh water have to resort to storing treated sewage water in tanks alongside their streams and rivers. It seems that wherever there is enough space, there are people willing to take advantage of it.

In Kazakhstan, a rather large number of cities suffer from the same problem. The capital city of Astana has had adequate treatment facilities in place since the 1960s. However, in smaller towns and cities less advanced technology has been used to purify tap water. Tanks are simply too large to be effective.

When I first heard of contaminated drinking water in Kazakhstan I instantly felt my stomach sinking.

What Do People In Kazakhstan Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Kazakhstan 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 38% Low
  • Water Pollution 49% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 62% High
  • Water Quality 51% Moderate


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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