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Is Santiago Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 5:58 pm, December 28, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Santiago?

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 Santiago.

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

Water that is safe and pure has been in the forefront of a growing concern and the people of Santiago Philippines have been looking for this since the beginning of time. It is the only way for them to be free from the diseases that come from contaminated water and even though there is some talk about a ban on tap water for Santiago, no such action has been taken yet.

The government of Santiago was aware of the risks of contamination in its reservoirs and the water supply was treated accordingly. It was not until the early 1970”s that the contaminated waters were brought into the attention of the people of the city. Many of those who have lived in the city for years were affected.

Since the city has always had a problem with the water supply, there was a good deal of discussion regarding the dangers of the water. People became extremely suspicious and had their suspicions about the water”s purity and the quality of it. They had some very strong argum

The tap water in Santiago, Chile, is perfectly safe to drink. The authorities, reassures that the tap water here meets the international standards. Please know that the water from Santiago has high natural mineral content that can cause an upset stomach. The reason they will advise you to stick with bottled water for tourists.

Tap water in Santiago, Chile, is chlorinated and fluorinated. Vigorous boiling for a minute is the most efficient means of water purification. At altitudes higher than 2000m, boil for three minutes. You can also sterilize water with iodine pills, a water filter, or SteriPen.

SteriPEN is a gadget invented to sterilize water, making it safe for drinking and cooking. Resembling a large bottle of nasal spray, SteriPEN is a compact device that uses ultraviolet light to clean water and make it safe for drinking.

Source of Water in Santiago, Chile

The Gran Torre Santiago
The Gran Torre Santiago

The main source of water comes from the surface water of the Maipo River. Santiago municipality, with its population of over six million people, faces an enormous demand for drinking water. Aguas Andinas, Chile’s most prominent water supplier, is responsible for providing water needs in the City.

Although sufficient drinking water is accessible, part of it has to be carried from the heights of the Andes to the Santiago basin. During the rainy season, when the Maipo River becomes turbid, the El Yeso reservoir is the City’s primary water source. The capital of Chile, surrounded by the peaks of the Andes, the El Yeso reservoir, unitedly with the downstream Laguna Negra reservoir, produces the region‘s largest drinking water reservoir. It provides the Las Vizcachas treatment plant, which is located close to Santiago, with water of high quality.

Is Santiago Tap Water Safe To Drink? Tap water & safety quality

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.3 in USD (1.5-liter)


Santiago tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 28% Low
  • Water Pollution 41% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 72% High
  • Water Quality 59% Moderate

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


Some of the Convenience Stores in Santiago

OK Market
OK Market
  • Don Harry
  • OK Market
  • Nathan Minimarket
  • S & M Minimarket
  • Milan
  • Upita
  • Minimarket Baratillo
  • Curico
  • Ecole Market
  • Kiosco
  • Orient Market
  • El Jazmín
  • Red market Santa Xiomara

Estimated Price of Bottled Water


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