Is Ankara Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update11:32 pm, November 17, 2020

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Ankara?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

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


Have you ever been to Turkey or other countries in the Middle East and noticed the lack of clean fresh drinking water? The water you get from taps is no better than potable water from your home or office. In fact, some of the places that draw their water from the aquifer are so polluted that they have brought in a whole new set of standards for water safety. One problem with drinking water quality in Turkey is the high amount of drugs that are being added to it each year.

The wastewater from clinics and other establishments is not treated like the municipal water system here. This wastewater goes down into the Tigris River and upon flowing out, it picks up more drugs and other contaminants such as pharmaceuticals from fields around Turkey. In some places, they have even used diesel fuel as a cheap and readily available source of power in the pumping of the wastewater.

Many of these wastewater treatment plants use sodium hypochlorite as a means of redu

What Do People In Turkey Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Turkey 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 57% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 60% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 43% Moderate
  • Water Quality 40% 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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