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Is Sarajevo 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 Sarajevo?

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 Sarajevo.

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

The tap water in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina are safe to drink. You can also drink from the public water fountain. Water is clean and safe that exceeds the water quality standard of the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Water is treated with chlorine to remove pathogens. The tap water in Sarajevo is lead-free. Still, it does not contain natural fluoride, making it necessary for children to supplement that element to promote dental health.

Ensure that you only drink treated water. If you are not sure where water comes from, you can buy bottled water. Bottled water is very cheap in Sarajevo. In some cases, unsafe water has warning signs that it is not potable.

The primary source of water in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina comes from surface water. There are two central basins in the country: the Sava River basin (75.7 % of total surface area) and the Adriatic Sea basin (24.3% of the total surface area). At present, 134 hydrological stations are active, out of 119 automatic stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The secondary source of water is groundwater. The vast karst zones, especially in the Adriatic Sea basin, have large ground hydrological retention potential. The quality of groundwater is watched only in areas where water is separated from the public water supply.

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.56 in USD (1.5-liter)


Sarajevo tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30% Low
  • Water Pollution 47% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 70% High
  • Water Quality 53% Moderate

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