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Is Reston 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 Reston?

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 Reston.

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

If you are one of the millions of people in the United States who have had your water tested, there are certain things you may be surprised to find out. You may be surprised to find that you have traces of radioactive materials in your tap water, but this isn”t really surprising if you take a look at what”s being reported in news headlines on a regular basis.

In fact, the media has been full of stories about what is in your drinking water and what the government”s been doing to try and stop it from getting more polluted. One of the most popular stories has been about a radioactive substance called strontium-90. Strontium-90 is considered a carcinogen by the EPA, and the amounts found in water samples from homes in the United States, Canada and Europe are increasing by the year.

It”s not just the news that you need to pay attention to when it comes to Strontium-90 in the water supply. There are a number of independent studies showing that the same

The estimated price of bottled water

$2.11 in USD (1.5-liter)


Reston tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 6% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 19% Very Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 94% Very High
  • Water Quality 81% Very High

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

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Fairfax County Water Authority

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Virginia Department of Health - Office of Drinking Water, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 1074422
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface Water
  • Total: 26

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromate
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)†
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrate and nitrite
  • Radium
  • combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)†
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Aluminum
  • Atrazine
  • Barium
  • Bromide
  • Bromoform
  • Chlorate
  • Fluoride
  • Molybdenum
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Nitrite
  • Strontium
  • Tritium
  • Vanadium


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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