Is Charlotte Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:23 pm, April 26, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$2.4 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Charlotte?

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 Charlotte water quality.


In order to protect your family''s health, it is important to know what the health risks of drinking tap water are. Many people, even those who have a full understanding of the risks associated with drinking unfiltered tap water, still continue to use it. Even when they know there are risks, many still choose to drink unfiltered water.

The health risks that come from drinking unfiltered tap water can range from the most common, such as stomach upset, to serious diseases and illnesses. If you drink unfiltered water, you could potentially risk serious problems such as cancer, or birth defects.

A common misconception of tap water is that it is safe for consumption. This is not necessarily true. In fact, the government has deemed the water of all cities and towns to be unfit for consumption due to the presence of bacteria and other contaminants. When you choose to drink contaminated tap water, you are putting your health at risk.

The problem

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 17% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 33% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 83% Very High
  • Water Quality 67% High


Charlotte Water

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: 833579
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 16

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Bromoform
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Chlorite
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Strontium
  • Thallium
  • 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.

Sources and Resources

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