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Is Petrozavodsk Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Petrozavodsk?

We don't have enough information to make a specific recommendation about the safety of drinking tap water in Petrozavodsk, Russia.

However, based on information from nearby locations, the average water score in Russia is a out of 100.

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 Petrozavodsk.

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

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You shouldn’t drink the tap water in Petrozavodsk, Russia. According to the city’s environmental institution report, the water did not meet the quality standards set by the European Union. 41.5 % of the drinking water samples did not meet the sanitary-chemical criteria, and 2.8 % did not meet the microbiological criteria.

Due to low water and wastewater treatment, the city treatment plant went under a rehabilitation project. The project included completing the chemical treatment stage at the water treatment plant, constructing a recycling unit for sludge, rehabilitation of critical parts of the wastewater treatment plant, and implementing a biochemical treatment process to improve phosphorous removal.

The completed results led to notable improvements in the quality of drinking water and wastewater treatment. Finally, both hot spots (K4 and K5) were excluded from the Barents Environmental Hot Spots List.

The Lake ONEGA is the primary source of water in Petrozavodsk, Russia. At the same time, the same bay is a wastewater discharge object. Hence, the wastewater treatment method must have higher qualifications. In its current phase, structures negatively influence the aquatic environment of Lake Onega. The quality of treatment does not meet domestic and international technical regulations.

Sewage treatment plants in Petrozavodsk, approved in 1979, are outdated morally and physically. Wastewater released after treatment into Lake Onega does not reach the standards for the content of nitrogen, phosphorus, and other elements, which leads to contamination of the water body. That is why the sewage water treatment plant (SWTP) can be credited to the so-called environmental “hot spot” that should be significantly improved.

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.61 in USD (1.5-liter)


Petrozavodsk tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 53% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 55% Moderate
  • Water Quality 47% Moderate

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Petrozavodsk, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Related FAQS


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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