How do People In Saudi Arabia Rate The Tap Water?
Travellers and residents of Saudi Arabia 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 36% Low
- Water Pollution 48% Moderate
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 64% High
- Water Quality 52% Moderate
Can you drink the tap water in Saudi Arabia?
The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Saudi Arabia (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas. Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.
What do people in Saudi Arabia think about the tap water?
Tap water is not safe to drink in Saudi Arabia. Consider buying a reusable bottle with a filter before you arrive.
There are major health risks for travelling in Saudi Arabia: tap water is NOT drinkable but food is usually, but not always, hygienic. Hepatitis and Meningitis vaccinations are required for general travel to the Kingdom. For pilgrims joining the Hajj and its extraordinary concentrations of pilgrims from all corners of the globe, a comprehensive series of vaccinations is required as a condition for entry. See the Hajj article for details. Malaria, Dengue fever and the new SARS-like Coronavirus (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome - Coronavirus "MERS-CoV") are major concerns when travelling to Saudi Arabia and all can potentially cause death if acquired. Stay Healthy.
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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