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Can You Drink Tap Water in Banda Aceh?
Yes, tap water is 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 Banda Aceh.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Indonesia, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
The inhabitants of Banda Aceh in Indonesia swear by the benefits of drinking tap water. I was there during my fieldwork in October 2020, and witnessed firsthand how the quality of the tap water was deteriorating. By the end of that month, most residents were complaining of stomachaches, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and other ailments related to poor tap water safety.
I sampled three samples from different water stations. The samples were tested using the pH kit from our local health clinic. The kits test the pH level and nutrient content of water. All of these elements are important when considering tap water quality.
It is common for bacteria to grow in unfiltered water. This can cause serious digestive problems and illness. The water station where I did my testing found high levels of total dissolved solids, or TDS. The kit advised that we make changes in our diets to lower the levels of TDS in our systems or take advantage of bottled, clean water.
The estimated price of bottled water
$0.58 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 14% Very Low
- Water Pollution 13% Very Low
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 86% Very High
- Water Quality 88% Very High
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Banda Aceh, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
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.