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Is Zurich Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 2:16 pm, May 25, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Zurich?

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 Zurich.

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

The tap water in Zurich, Switzerland is pure, rich in minerals, and safe to drink. Most probably, it is much better than bottled water. Very common for European countries and cities to have potable water. Tap water is the most managed food in Switzerland and meets the standards of health and safety.

Zurich Tap Water
Limmat River, Zurich

Everyone has access to 1200 unique fountains located around Zurich, most of which spew drinkable water 24 hours a day. You can refill your bottled water on public fountains unless there’s a sign says the water is not potable. Considering water fountains are free, they still manage to maintain their quality. If you are unfamiliar with the place, you may access the Zurich water map to find the nearest water fountains.

Most buildings have sparkling water, which prefers by some locals, on behalf of that the taste of tap water is a beauty compare to sparkling water. We suggest that you take tap water, which is healthier than purified, filtered, or even sparkling water.

Source of Water in Zurich, Switzerland

The source of tap water in Zurich comes from surface water and groundwater. Surface water from natural springs and lakes. 40% of drinking water is spring water. This water mainly found in the Alps and the Jura. Springwater undergoes a various natural purification process. Another 40% of drinking water originates from groundwater. Groundwater supplies in Switzerland amount to over 50 billion cubic meters of water. The rest is collected from 30 lake waterworks. In lake basins, water from various streams is stored for a long time and is therefore very soft.

The supplier is detecting growing traces of the substance in water in recent years. However, this does not mean that water quality is degenerating. But because more advanced analytical instruments are becoming more accurate. As a result, the quality of water becomes better every year.

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

The estimated price of bottled water

$-1.13 in USD (1.5-liter)


Zurich tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 7% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 10% Very Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 93% Very High
  • Water Quality 90% Very High

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


Some of the Convenience Stores in Zurich

Avec Convenience Store
Avec Convenience Store
  • Pacchetto
  • Zagros
  • Kiosk Kalkbreite
  • Asia Store
  • avec
  • Shell
  • BP
  • Studylife
  • Eni Cafe & Shop
  • migrolino
  • Migros
  • k kiosk

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

1.5-liter Fr. 1.35$1.36€1.23£1.07
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