Is Gibraltar Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update9:48 am, November 17, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.52 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Gibraltar?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

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


The waters of Gibraltar are considered Tap Water in the UK. There is however much more to the story than that. It is worth remembering that this is a water supply which is used by the Spanish people for cooking, washing and drinking. This is not considered "fit to drink" by the Home Office and so is subject to some of the stringent water quality standards we follow in the UK. The importance of Tap Water Quality can not be understated and indeed local residents depend on distributors to deliver safe supplies.

Water is piped into the North Atlantic Mountains from the Palacio Real hydroelectric plant. This plant is constructed in an old-fashioned narrow gauge railway tunnel. It forms part of the Egean Barrier Water System and is a major regional distribution point for groundwater. The water then goes through a series of treatment plants including two microorganisms distillation facilities, before reaching the local supply by gravity. Treatment is designed to kill any

What Do People In Gibraltar Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Gibraltar 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 29% Low
  • Water Pollution 46% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 71% High
  • Water Quality 54% 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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