Is Salt Lake City Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:33 pm, April 26, 2020

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Salt Lake City?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

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


Salt Lake City is a city in Utah that has been a pioneer in the use of desalination technology. Salt Lake City is a city that has a very unique water-quality; however, the city is still trying to figure out how to best provide their residents with clean and purified water.

Salt Lake City is one of the first cities in the United States to use desalination to purify the city''s water. This process works by turning salt into a liquid that then can be used for many things. The city actually began to use this process in the 1930s. Salt Lake City was so happy with the results that they expanded the process and began using it in all its facilities.

Salt Lake City has several treatment plants where the city uses this type of water treatment. These facilities are also known as the "Saltwater Treatment Plants." These facilities are not only found in Salt Lake City, but they are also available in some other major cities throughout the United States. This is why

What Do People In Utah Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Utah 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 23% Low
  • Water Pollution 46% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 77% High
  • Water Quality 54% Moderate


Salt Lake City Water System

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, 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: 343850
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 28

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Arsenic
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrate and nitrite
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Aluminum
  • Barium
  • Bromide
  • Chlorate
  • Chromium (total)
  • Cyanide
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Nitrite
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Strontium
  • Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
  • 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.

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