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Is Nanjing 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 Nanjing?

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 Nanjing.

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


Tap Water Nanjing China was rated the worst city in the world for water safety. The reason? It is a major manufacturing city that relies on coal and heavy industry for its economy. Industry produces many contaminants in the air, water, and soil that can harm human health and damage ecosystems.

In some cases, the industrial byproducts of manufacturing also end up in our groundwater supplies. In some areas, there is more than just the pollution. There is also the issue of waste contamination. When landfills are filled to capacity, the toxins from manufacturing are emitted into the air and the water that runs through pipes. This often happens when there is not enough inlet for the treatment plant to keep up with the demand of the industrial waste.

As if this weren''t bad enough, it gets even worse. Some of the heavy industries that create the contamination also have chemicals in their water supplies. How can we forget to consider the water used for drink

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.67 in USD (1.5-liter)


Nanjing tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 58% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 76% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 43% Moderate
  • Water Quality 24% Low

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