Tap Water Safety in Timor-Leste

Last UpdateApril 8, 2021 12:53 pm

How do People In Timor-Leste Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Timor-Leste 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 67% High
  • Water Pollution 75% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 33% Low
  • Water Quality 25% Low

Can you drink the tap water in Timor-Leste?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Timor-Leste (source). 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 Timor-Leste think about the tap water?

Avoid drinking tap water unless it has been boiled; likewise,avoid ice cubes. It’s best to drink bottled water from reliable sources.


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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