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Is Kingston 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 Kingston?

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 Kingston.

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

If you have been to Jamaica and sampled the tap water, you know that it has a unique taste. It tastes better when it comes from the fresh water sources. There are several reasons for this and many of them have to do with the geography of Jamaica.

The majority of the country is located in the northwest part of Africa, in what is called the Equatoria region. As a result, the geographic area is dry and has very little rainfall, which makes the water source ideal for rain-fed farming. The weather is humid, so that makes it ideal for tropical fruits, such as bananas and mangoes, and other tropical fruits like pineapple. All of this takes place in an environment where there is very little evaporation and where the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold, which ensures the perfect conditions for growth.

If you are curious about where you get your tap water from, then you should know that you get most of it from the rivers of Jamaica. The rivers run from t

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.13 in USD (1.5-liter)


Kingston tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 19% Very Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 92% Very High
  • Water Quality 81% Very High

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