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Is Colombo Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Do not Drink :(

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

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Colombo?

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 Colombo.

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


Sri Lanka is one of the world''s top destinations for travelers looking for an eco-friendly destination with top-notch natural amenities. The island has long been famous for pristine beaches, amazing natural attractions, and the rich culture and heritage. Although many Sri Lankans and foreigners have access to clean tap water from the taps, some of the quality may not be up to standard. It is especially important for travelers to pay attention to the quality of their drinking water when visiting Sri Lanka, as the country is home to more than 90% of the Earth''s fresh water.

As previously mentioned, much of the island''s tap water is contaminated with heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury. It is difficult to believe that something so pure can still contain such harmful substances. If you are traveling to Sri Lanka, it is essential to filter your tap water before drinking. You can purchase special home filtration devices that can provide safe, healthy drin

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.51 in USD (1.5-liter)


Colombo tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36% Low
  • Water Pollution 63% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 64% High
  • Water Quality 37% Low

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Colombo, 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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