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Is Nassau 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 Nassau?

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 Nassau.

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

Yes, it is safe to drink tap water in Nassau, Bahamas. Although bottled water is accessible throughout the municipality. Hotels in the city also have safe tap water. You may notice some strange after taste on tap water, why tourists prefer bottled water than the tap, but that depends on how your use to different countries tap water. However, it may be safe to consume, the largest number of people still favor using bottled water for drinking only. Bottled water is available everywhere and cheap to buy.

Luckily, The Bahamas is not identified for any kinds of diseases due to unsanitary or contaminated water. Since there is no reason to trouble with the water. People mostly use the tap in washing fruits or vegetables and also suitable for brushing teeth. Other fountain drinks in fast food businesses may have a somewhat unusual taste as well.

The primary source of water in Nassau comes from groundwater. The biggest threat to groundwater resources is contamination by saltwater intrusion due to two causes:

  1. storm surges resulting from hurricanes
  2. over-pumping of freshwater aquifers

Since many of the islands are low-lying, storm surges, coupled with heavy rains, can cause widespread flooding. Ponding of seawater over freshwater aquifers issues increased and determined salinity levels until rainwater renews and dilutes the groundwater.

The intrusion of seawater into an aquifer due to excessive pumping can cause significant damage to a freshwater lens because the amount of fresh water is reduced and replaced with seawater. Continued pumping will result in the upcoming of saltwater and contamination of the lens. Pumping stations are monitored to control the rate and amount of extraction. However, indigenous or hand-dug wells are not monitored, and saltwater intrusion is a concern in densely populated cities such as Nassau. A related problem is the construction of canals and docks for marinas. Canals connect to the ocean and allow seawater to penetrate inland at the surface.

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.5 in USD (1.5-liter)


Nassau tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 59% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 55% Moderate
  • Water Quality 41% Moderate

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