Is Asheville Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:22 pm, April 26, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$2.18 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Asheville?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

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


A major health concern for most people is the consumption of tap water, particularly those in the US. Tap water supplies are generally contaminated by a multitude of chemicals, including lead, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals, which can have serious consequences for health.

It''s important to note that there is no national standard for tap water supplies because different states use different standards. As such, there is a need to make sure you''re using a good quality water filter system to get rid of any potentially dangerous contaminants.

One of the biggest threats to tap water comes from the fact that it typically contains a number of contaminants including arsenic, pesticides, benzene, lead, and other chemical contaminants. Arsenic is a highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical that can cause several different types of cancers.

Some of the chemicals found in water sources can be dangerous to the health of American Indian tr

What Do People In North Carolina Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of North Carolina 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 21% Low
  • Water Pollution 44% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 79% High
  • Water Quality 56% Moderate


City of Asheville

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 124300
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 17

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • 4-Androstene-3%2C17-dione
  • Chlorate
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Heptachlor
  • Manganese
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Strontium
  • Vanadium


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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