New Bern, NC

Is New Bern Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update12:26 am, August 18, 2021

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.67 in USD (1.5-liter)

User Submitted Ratings for New Bern Tap Water

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25% Low
  • Water Pollution 50% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 75% High
  • Water Quality 50% Moderate

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

Can You Drink Tap Water in New Bern?

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 New Bern.

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

New Bern Water Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects community water systems to produce an annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), also identified as an annual drinking water quality report, to their clients each year by July 1st. Here, we are pleased to present you with the City of New Bern’s annual Water Quality Report for 2020. These reports give our citizens and customers information regarding their local drinking water quality. Your CCR can help you make informed choices about the water you drink. The City is bound to meeting the difficulties of new water quality regulations while encouraging customers to practice conservation. We are also committed to producing the highest quality drinking water possible. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you and your family.  

2020 Annual Water Quality Report

New Bern’s Water Supply

New Bern, NC, provides drinking water for over 35,000 consumers in New Bern and surrounding areas, including Carolina Colours, Clarks, Cove City, the Craven County Industrial Park, Taberna, and Trent Woods. Total water usage for 2020 was 1.36 billion gallons, a daily average of 3.71 million gallons. The City’s Water Treatment Division employs 20 wells, a filter/softener water treatment facility, 3 ground storage tanks, 5 booster pump stations, and 6 elevated storage tanks to provide 8.65 million gallons of daily water production and 9.7 million gallons of finished water storage.


City of New Bern

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: 35052
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Groundwater
  • Total: 19

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

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

Other Detected Contaminants

  • 1%2C4-Dioxane
  • Chromium (total)
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Strontium
  • 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.

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