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Is Caracas Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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LAST UPDATED: 2:08 pm, May 25, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Caracas?

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 Caracas.

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

Drinking the tap water in Caracas, Venezuela is not safe. Since the water treatment plant was damaged, there was no attempt to repairing it. Authorities in Venezuela have not published any public health data since at least 2017. However, survey-based data obtained by local health support groups reveals a relationship between the country’s declining water supply and the risk of waterborne diseases.


The breakdown of the water infrastructure is more profound outside of Caracas. Due to the malfunction, millions of residence were not receiving supplies. And forcing communities to dig wells and rely on untreated rivers.

The downfall of water services has stimulated in the past two years. Based on the surveys conducted by colleges and non-governmental foundations. During that time, power cuts, pipeline outages, chemical shortages, and the mass exodus of qualified staff shook the state water utilities to their core.

The Inter-American Development Bank assumes that only 30 percent of Venezuelans have consistent access to safe drinking water, opposed to 60 percent in 2000.

UNICEF is giving communities with access to safe water. One way of doing this is by providing purification tablets and powder to ensure that the water truck brings safe drinking water to the villages they visit.

The chlorination of water trucks in Petare, a crucial area around Caracas, proceeds through the agreements with city officials. By June 2019, 28,600 people were given access to safe water. Thanks to the joint work between hydrological specialists, the community and UNICEF.

Source of Water in Caracas, Venezuela

The primary tap water source of water in Caracas, Venezuela, is from the surface water. The city consists of the basin of the Guaire River. Water runs through the valley where the city is located from west to east. The river basin is formed by the Valley of Caracas, which relatively high, narrow, and long. Surrounded by the top and steep Venezuelan Coastal Range, which runs parallel to the sea.

A massive degree of contamination present throughout the network in the lower part. Because the courses of rivers and ravines that are tributaries of the Guaire River have been used as sewer pipes of the sanitary sewer system since its creation.

In the upper part of the river basin are two reservoirs that supply water to the west of the city. These include the Macarao dam and the La Mariposa reservoir.

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Is Caracas Tap Water Safe To Drink? Tap water & safety quality

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.38 in USD (1.5-liter)


Caracas tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 68% High
  • Water Pollution 70% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 32% Low
  • Water Quality 30% Low

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

Related FAQS


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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Current Weather in Caracas


Some of the Local Convenience Stores in Caracas

Bodega Express Convenience Store
Bodega Express
  • MercoPlus
  • Gourmetogoo
  • Kiosko "El Abuelo" QPD
  • The Market
  • Madven
  • Pistacho
  • Sweet World
  • Bodega Express
  • City Express
  • Supermercado Cha-Cha

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

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