Is Maracaibo Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.25 in USD (1.5-liter)

User Submitted Ratings for Maracaibo Tap Water

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 65% High
  • Water Pollution 95% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 35% Low
  • Water Quality 5% Very Low

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

Can You Drink Tap Water in Maracaibo?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

According to WHO data, 96% of Venezuela cities/towns and rural areas have access to improved water sources, that are available when needed.


Maracaibo, Venezuela is located on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. It is a small fishing community that is considered to be the cheapest in the region for fish and seafood. It has the world''s lowest cost for tap water consumption and tap water safety is of extreme concern to residents and business owners. Recently, a group of tourists visiting from the United States took issue with this issue. They were traveling to Venezuela on a cruise ship. During their trip they noticed how dirty the water at the marina was.

The Caribbean Sea is filled with many different contaminants that make up human waste, chemicals, bacteria and other pollutants. This trash adds to the contamination and makes it even harder to keep the water clean. But because this is the case in the waters surrounding Venezuela, they are forced to drink contaminated water. Not only does this create health risks for tourists but also for locals living nearby.

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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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