Is Burlington Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:23 pm, April 26, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$2.67 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Burlington?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

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


"A Better Bottled Water System for Burlington", an article on the news websites of The Burlington Star and The Burlington Journal News, is a report on a new water purification system, called the "WaterSense" system. The article also includes the following information:

- The company that makes the WaterSense system is part of a major multinational corporation. This conglomerate is named PurServe. PurServe was founded in 1988 and is based in Burlington, Vermont.

- PurServe was not originally an alternative drinking water company. The company was only interested in selling its "pure" brand of distilled water.

- PurServe has been in the business of making purified drinking water since the mid 1980''s. As a result, the company has a wide variety of products for public use and distribution.

- PurServe is not alone in producing a purified drinking water product. Other companies in the same niche are the GE (General Electric Company)

What Do People In Vermont Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Vermont 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 4% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 25% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 96% Very High
  • Water Quality 75% High


Burlington Department Public Works Water Div

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, 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: 42000
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 14

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

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

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Chlorate
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • Strontium


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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