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Is Kathmandu 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 Kathmandu?

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 Kathmandu.

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


Have you ever wondered what is in your tap water at home? If not, I suggest you do some research on the internet as there are many diseases and contaminants that are in tap water all over the world. In Nepal, there is a big problem with the quality of tap water. This article will provide you some information about the quality of tap water and what you can do about it.

Tap Water Kathmandu Nepal is known for having high quality mineral water. However, the sad part is that the cost to get pure water from the reservoir has been very expensive. There are many small rural communities where no private water facilities are available. People here depend on potable water from the reservoir.

Water from the reservoir is not fit for consumption. It contains bacteria and viruses. So, many people here, especially children, have many infections. In the rural areas, people do not even use safe water for cooking. They use whatever they can find to use for drinking wate

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.31 in USD (1.5-liter)


Kathmandu tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 72% High
  • Water Pollution 81% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 28% Low
  • Water Quality 19% Very Low

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