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Tap Water Safety in El Salvador

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LAST UPDATED: April 8, 2021 12:53 pm

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How do People In El Salvador Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of El Salvador have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data. A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Can you drink the tap water in El Salvador?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in El Salvador (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in El Salvador think about the tap water?

Tap water is generally very good in El Salvador; however, in poorer areas it is best to always boil before drinking.


Ameobas and other parasites are commonly in tap and well water, so beware of where you buy your drinks and what your ice looks like. A good rule of thumb is that if the ice is molded (i.e. round cylinders with a hole in the middle, or perfect squares) it is usually purified water bought from a store and therefore safe to have in your drink. If it looks like it has been broken apart with an ice pick it's suspect. In Puerto La Libertad, many commodores (local restaurants often operating out of someone's house) get their ice from the fishing co-op on the beachfront street. When you see what else that ice comes in contact with, you will change your mind about drinks with chipped ice in them!


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  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 62% High
  • Water Pollution 70% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 38% Low
  • Water Quality 30% Low

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


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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