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Is Gatineau 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 Gatineau?

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 Gatineau.

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

The city government of Gatineau, Canada, confirms that tap water is safe to drink unless a warning is placed due to a certain reason.

Gatineau joins the other four drinking water plants to the municipal category’s finals with the most precious water quality in the 2019 Symposium on Water Management. Réseau Environnement organizes the event held on October 23, 2019, in Montreal, Canada. The judges base on these major criteria: taste, clarity, and smell, including the popular vote among Symposium participants.

The Drinking Water Excellence Program strives to assure maximum safeguard versus microbiological pollution through the supreme use of the three barriers of settling, filtration, and disinfection at all times. The quality targeted surpasses that of Quebec and even American regulations.

The primary source of water in Gatineau comes from the Gatineau River. Another source is collected groundwater.

The Gatineau river rises in a connection of lakes north of Baskatong Reservoir. It runs southward for 240 miles (390 km) to enter the Ottawa River at Hull. Nicolas Gatineau was named a fur tradesman who is reputed to have drowned there about 1683. Once working for ages as a major artery for the lumber trade, the Gatineau became a major hydroelectric power source in the 20th century.

Groundwater gives much of the water used for household and farming purposes in provincial parts of the community. It also flows nutrients to vegetation and contributes flow to streams. Groundwater is collected in and goes through permeable sand and gravel and fractured aquifers.

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.34 in USD (1.5-liter)


Gatineau tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36% Low
  • Water Pollution 43% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 64% High
  • Water Quality 57% Moderate

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

Related FAQS


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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