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Is Kaohsiung Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Do not Drink :(

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Kaohsiung?

No, tap water is not 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 Kaohsiung.

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


Kaohsiung Taiwan is known for its many natural beauty attractions but the city has another, and the only, tap water in the whole city. There is a problem with the city''s water supply that has been an issue for quite some time.

This is a huge city of over one million people and it is not surprising that there is not much of an option on tap water when it comes to Kaohsiung Taiwan. The city has been struggling to get a good supply of water that is clean and safe to drink for quite some time now and this has been causing problems for the citizens for quite some time. As the population of the city increases, so too will the need for clean water.

The issue of tap water in Kaohsiung Taiwan is not new, in fact, it has been a problem for quite some time. It is the poor quality of the tap water in the city that has been causing quite a lot of problems for the residents of the city and the government as well.

This problem with the tap water is not


Locals consider the tap water NOT to be potable, though as in most of Taiwan, the government claims water quality is now up to international standards. Filtered water dispensing stations are present throughout the city, though some have been accused of simply distributing tap water. Restaurant water is safe, with the possible exception of some lunchbox eateries and stands on the street.

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.96 in USD (1.5-liter)


Kaohsiung tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 60% High
  • Water Pollution 71% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 40% Moderate
  • Water Quality 29% Low

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