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Is Islamabad 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 Islamabad?

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 Islamabad.

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


Islamabad is a small city in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. It is a cosmopolitan city, and is home to a number of tourist attractions.

The problem with tap water in Pakistan is that most of it is contaminated with bacteria. It is this contamination that has lead to a number of diseases. Some of these diseases include cholera, typhoid fever, and dysentery.

The main reason that the water is contaminated is that the taps are not cleaned properly. They should be cleaned on a regular basis. Most houses that have old plumbing will have to have the plumbing installed again in order for it to work properly.

Some people do not drink tap water because of the bacteria that are present in it. However, there are also a number of other factors that may make you want to drink unfiltered water. For instance, if your water has had sewage in it for a long time, it will contain a lot of this bacteria. If it is not treated, it can pose health risks.


Bottled water is a good idea. Although water in Islamabad is generally clean, it is mainly gained from mountain water and tube wells and may contain minerals your system is not used to, and may not be stored and carried in the cleanest of ways. At your hotel, don't rely on them to provide you with bottled water, as many budget hotels reuse old bottles with tap water, to save money. Buy them directly from your local grocery store
Most locals do not drink tap water, but may get water from Govt. installed filteration plans. Tap water is normally boiled and it is strongly suggested that you carry bottled water and request it at all food places. Also make sure the seal is intact. If you are unsure about the hygiene of a particular place, try to avoid ice in all your drinks.

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.37 in USD (1.5-liter)


Islamabad tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 44% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 54% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 56% Moderate
  • Water Quality 46% Moderate

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