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Is Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh?

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 Edinburgh.

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

It is not only in the UK that people have to be careful with the water they use. In some places in the US, the same problems exist. One such place is in Edinburgh, Scotland. There are large numbers of homes and business that have been affected by contaminants. Many of these are caused by pollution from factories and other manufacturing centers. The rest are caused by human error, negligence and a variety of other factors.

One of the most common contaminants is Cryptosporidium. It was commonly found in drinking water in Edinburgh. This parasite can cause illnesses that are similar to food poisoning. A recent study showed that over a ten year period, cryptosporidium was present in every sample that was tested.

Another problem was lead. Tap water was found to contain a high concentration of this metal. It is especially dangerous for children who may put their hands into it or drinks water directly from a faucet without being aware of the danger. Adults ca


By all accounts, Edinburgh is an extremely safe destination. In a poll conducted by international market research firm YouGov in 2014, Edinburgh was listed as the safest of the ten most populous cities in the UK. The tap water is safe to drink, like it is anywhere in Scotland. Visitors can eat the food without constant fear of becoming home to a nefarious parasite. And although home burglaries are on the rise, violent crime and robberies happen infrequently.

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.31 in USD (1.5-liter)


Edinburgh tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 12% Very Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 87% Very High
  • Water Quality 88% Very High

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