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Can You Drink Tap Water in Kirkuk?
We don't have enough information to make a specific recommendation about the safety of drinking tap water in Kirkuk, Iraq.
However, based on information from nearby locations, the average water score in Iraq is a out of 100.
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 Kirkuk.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Iraq, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
When I was in Iraq, I was made aware of the problems associated with tap water. The people of Kirkuk had no choice but to depend on the local water source as it was the only way they could receive clean water. I was also told that the tap water in Iraq was no more than a bucket of water and certainly not fit to drink.
The first time I went to Kirkuk I expected to find sparkling clean tap water. I made the mistake of bringing along an empty plastic bottle of water from my house. Upon my arrival I was informed that all the water stations were out of commission. What this meant was that no one would be able to fill up their bottles. I left that day with nothing but the sky as my limit to drinking dirty water.
The second time I was in Kirkuk was a while back when there was a power cut. I happened to notice that some of the kiosks were still functioning. I also happened to notice that the ATM machine was running on battery power, which was something I had
The estimated price of bottled water
$0.63 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 59% Moderate
- Water Pollution 69% High
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 41% Moderate
- Water Quality 31% Low
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Kirkuk, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
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.