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Is Kota Kinabalu 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 Kota Kinabalu?

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 Kota Kinabalu.

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


The most popular tourist spots in Malaysia, from where you can experience some of the most exotic natural sights, are located in the island state of Borneo. The picturesque landscapes of Borneo''s tropical rainforests are a major attraction for travelers, particularly those who like to enjoy the exotic wildlife that is indigenous to this island region.

But even with a wealth of natural beauty to offer, there are also ways to get your hands on some tap water without having to leave your home. Thanks to an ingenious method of filtration, tap water in Borneo can be purified in such a way as to be free from contaminants and still retain its refreshing taste and smell. This method is known as reverse osmosis and it is the perfect solution to providing clean drinking water for people of all ages.

To get your hands on this water, you need to head to Kota Kinabalu or the island capital of Sabah. Once there, you will need to go into the area where you can find

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.51 in USD (1.5-liter)


Kota Kinabalu tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 64% High
  • Water Pollution 44% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 36% Low
  • Water Quality 56% Moderate

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