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Is Cartago Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Cartago?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Cartago.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Costa Rica, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.


Tap Water Cartago Costa Rica is the only place in Central America, where pure, clean drinking water comes from a mountain spring. This spring contains a rich collection of plant life and minerals that provide healthy water for generations to come. The water is not treated before being offered to the general public, but the treatment is required to make it safe for consumption. All Tap Water Cartago Costa Rica water comes from the same mountain spring. So what makes this spring different? There are several reasons.

Tap Water Cartago Costa Rica water does not contain chlorine or other disinfectants. This may sound like a good thing, but when you think about it, who really needs disinfectants anyway? Chlorine was used to kill bacteria before bottled water became popular, and even the Environmental Protection Agency warns against showering with chlorinated water. The presence of naturally occurring bacteria and other micro-organisms in mountain springs is not an issue

The estimated price of bottled water

$2.19 in USD (1.5-liter)


Cartago tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 17% Very Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 100% Very High
  • Water Quality 83% Very High

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Cartago, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Related FAQS


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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