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Is Manila 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 Manila?

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 Manila.

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


If you want to be assured that you are drinking clean and pure tap water, then you will want to stay in Manila. You will find that this area is the only place in the Philippines where all tap water is treated and meets national standards for purity. The water you drink will be safe to drink and the people you come in contact with will feel secure when you are around.

When we first think of drinking water that may cause health problems, we often think about drinking bottled water from a well. In the past, people would pour their dirty, unfiltered water down the drain or use bottles to keep water from contaminating other household appliances such as dishwashers or refrigerators. Now, most countries have developed drinking water treatment systems. The Philippines was one of those countries that didn''t yet have the technology.

A lot of the water that we consume comes straight out of our faucets and is distributed into our homes via pipes. This is not onl

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.75 in USD (1.5-liter)


Manila tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 56% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 83% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 44% Moderate
  • Water Quality 17% Very Low

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