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Is Medellin 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 Medellin?

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 Medellin.

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


Recently, I''ve been asked to conduct an inquiry regarding tap water quality in Colombia. This area is experiencing an outbreak of cholera and other waterborne diseases that have been blamed on the spread of unsafe tap water. In order to get an impartial assessment of the situation, I contacted a private company based in Medellin, Colombia. The first question I was asked was "What is your company''s assessment of the quality of tap water in the community in Medellin?"

After initially struggling to find a response, I was offered a detailed answer by a woman who explained that her company had a contract with the Colombian government to test all water sources in the town. The results were delivered to the head of the local environmental management service. I was offered three samples, each representing a different stage of water deterioration. The highest ranking sample represented the "rawest" sample of water that could be obtained from the pipes.


The estimated price of bottled water

$0.66 in USD (1.5-liter)


Medellin tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 38% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 87% Very High
  • Water Quality 62% High

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