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Can You Drink Tap Water in Gibraltar?
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 Gibraltar.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Gibraltar, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
The waters of Gibraltar are considered Tap Water in the UK. There is however much more to the story than that. It is worth remembering that this is a water supply which is used by the Spanish people for cooking, washing and drinking. This is not considered "fit to drink" by the Home Office and so is subject to some of the stringent water quality standards we follow in the UK. The importance of Tap Water Quality can not be understated and indeed local residents depend on distributors to deliver safe supplies.
Water is piped into the North Atlantic Mountains from the Palacio Real hydroelectric plant. This plant is constructed in an old-fashioned narrow gauge railway tunnel. It forms part of the Egean Barrier Water System and is a major regional distribution point for groundwater. The water then goes through a series of treatment plants including two microorganisms distillation facilities, before reaching the local supply by gravity. Treatment is designed to kill any
The estimated price of bottled water
$0.52 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29% Low
- Water Pollution 46% Moderate
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 71% High
- Water Quality 54% Moderate
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Gibraltar, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
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.