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Can You Drink Tap Water in Kuching?
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 Kuching.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Malaysia, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
Tap Water in Malaysia is generally considered safe to drink, as it has been regulated for years. But there are many forms of water quality problems that persist. One of the most important ones is contamination by human exposure to pathogens. This can be through drinking but can also occur through contact with infected objects such as water pipes, or even swimming pools and spas. The sources of contamination vary greatly, and sometimes it may not be possible to isolate the source to prove whether or not it is unsafe to drink.
A major problem with tap water quality in Malaysia is sediment from agricultural run off. This occurs when land is reclaimed for farming, and heavy rains cause runoff into rivers and streams. Fish and other aquatic life tend to be carried along with the water, and this results in an unexpected buildup of chemicals and other contaminants. Aquatic plants and tree roots absorb the contaminants, and then filter them back into the water system when
The estimated price of bottled water
$0.67 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 35% Low
- Water Pollution 67% High
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 65% High
- Water Quality 33% Low
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Kuching, 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.