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Is Darwin 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 Darwin?

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 Darwin.

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


There have been a lot of questions surrounding the use of tap water in Darwin. What are the quality, and what is the impact on our health? Some people drink it without thought, others decry its use, claiming it to be unsafe. It is important to first understand where this debate is headed. Let us take a look at some facts about tap water in Darwin.

Tap Water in Darwin is supplied by the Northern Distribution Company (NDC). This distribution company, in turn, is a wholly owned subsidiary of APHIL, the Northern Australia Investment Network. The network essentially serves all of the communities across Northern Australia, through roads, bridges, and other public and private supplies. The network is extremely vast, covering over 4000 miles of coastline, and includes remote areas as well as urban areas. This means that communities that are not serviced by the NDC are likely to be provided with less than optimal supplies, including sewage. The lack of adequate infrastruct

The estimated price of bottled water

$2.8 in USD (1.5-liter)


Darwin tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 28% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 82% Very High
  • Water Quality 72% High

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