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Is Jaffna 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 Jaffna?

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 Jaffna.

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


Jaffna, a resort town on the Indian Ocean, is one of the most popular places to go in Sri Lanka for surfing. Many tourists love to surf here and there are many beaches to surf on in all seasons. Unfortunately, not all of the beaches are safe for swimming due to the high winds and rough seas.

When you have tap water that smells or tastes funny, then it could be your local Tap Water Quality Control Company testing your drinking water. There have been many cases of tap water being contaminated with chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride over the years. These chemicals are used by the city water companies to keep the water clean. The towns nearby have higher levels than normal of these chemicals because they have more recycling. Tap Water Quality Control is easily done at home.

Even though there is a law that states everyone has the right to have a free public water system, most people don''t. A lot of rural Sri Lankan people still rely on getting pure w

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.5 in USD (1.5-liter)


Jaffna tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 46% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 50% Moderate
  • Water Quality 54% Moderate

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