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Is Calgary Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Calgary?

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 Calgary.

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

Tap Water Quality in Calgary, Alberta is one of the worst in the world. The City of Calgary has long known as the "City of Lakes" and for good reason. However, despite the quality of the water, the cost to protect it from contaminants and damage from weather and aging has been astronomical. There are many options available to help protect your family from contaminated water.

Tap Water Calgary is treated using two different methods; first by chlorination and second by ionization. Both methods kill bacteria, but only one method is deemed completely safe. In order to remove all contaminants from the water, the city has installed over 700 purification devices. Unfortunately, many of these devices are no more effective than a glass of water. The best option is a whole house filter system that will cover all of your taps.

Filtering the water before it reaches your home can help remove a large number of contaminants. Filters remove chlorine, THMs, VOCs, lead,

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.63 in USD (1.5-liter)


Calgary tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 26% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 88% Very High
  • Water Quality 74% High

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

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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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