Is An Najaf Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update9:53 am, November 17, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.66 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in An Najaf?

Currently, there is no available public data about water quality in An Najaf. But the average water quality in Iraq is 68%.

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

A group of soldiers from the US Army were in Najaf Iraq last week and they asked me what I thought about tap water. They said that they had been told that they needed to drink bottled water because it was contaminated with the "black dirt" (as in "mud"), a by-product of the Iraq War, which they called "dirt water". I was not sure what the US Army was talking about, but I decided to take a look.

I went to the municipal water treatment plant and was surprised to see that they were treating the water for the Najaf Iraq War effort. There were no major problems there. I asked why, and was told that it was a very difficult job and that they needed help. The plant director was nice, and he said that he knew that they needed help. So I told him what the soldiers had told me and he seemed pleased that someone was talking about it.

Well, when I returned home and checked up on the guys who had been in the army, I was really amazed to learn that the treatment plan

What Do People In Iraq Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Iraq 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 14% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 32% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 86% Very High
  • Water Quality 68% High


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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