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Is San Diego Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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LAST UPDATED: 6:56 pm, September 7, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in San Diego?

No, tap water is not 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 San Diego.

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

One of the biggest water supply problems in the world today is the lack of water source in some of the poorest communities. In a city like San Diego, which is one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is hard to believe that people can live without clean water. But this is the reality in some areas around the world, even in major cities. In Venezuela, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, the lack of water supply is particularly problematic.

In San Diego Venezuela, there are many communities that do not have access to clean tap water. The majority of people who live in these communities rely on wells that provide them with water. But in spite of the availability of clean water, people still end up suffering from water-borne diseases and other health problems.

There is no doubt that in many parts of the world, the water source in the rural areas of Venezuela is more contaminated than the water that we get from our taps here in

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.20 in USD (1.5-liter)


San Diego tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 63% High
  • Water Pollution 65% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 37% Low
  • Water Quality 35% Low

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

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City of San Diego

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the California State Water Resources Control Board, 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: 1326200
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 26

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromate
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Bromoform
  • Chlorite
  • Chloroform
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid
  • Uranium

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Barium
  • Bromide
  • Chlorate
  • Chlorodifluoromethane
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • 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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