Is tap water drinkable in Toronto

Who does not know it? When we travel to a foreign country and get thirsty on the way, the question often arises: "Am I able to tap water drink here without hesitation?“Unfortunately, in most cases the answer is no. And if you have any doubts as to whether the water from the tap is really free of harmful substances, then you should be on the safe side and not try it. However, you will be surprised at how many places in the world you can actually drink water from the tap without having to fear serious health consequences.

Tap water when traveling - go or no go?

Tap water in Germany

Chlorinated tap water in the USA

Countries with potable tap water at a glance

Overview of the No Go countries

Your experiences & opinions on the topic

Tap water in Germany

Of course, the water doesn't taste the same or as good all over the world as it does in Germany. The drinking water in this country is a Natural product and 70% is obtained from groundwater and spring water. Almost 13% comes from lake, dam or river water. The rest is made up of surface water, soil passages and bank filtration. The drinking water tastes different depending on the minerals that are in the respective soil, but the quality is subject to certain guidelines everywhere and is regulated by law. We also don't have to add chlorine to ensure this good quality, which makes the water very enjoyable.

Over 99.9% of the monitored samples comply with the strict specifications

The Federal Environment Agency also publishes current reports on a regular basis, the results of which clearly show that German drinking water is of above-average quality. With almost all quality requirements, over 99.9% of the monitored samples adhere to the strict specifications. So you can enjoy tap water in Germany with no worries and don't have to worry about pollutants or pathogens. In addition to the excellent quality, it also has another advantage: It is significantly cheaper than bottled water from the supermarket.

Chlorine in tap water in the United States

In the United States, for example, tap water is more reminiscent of the pungent smelling water from swimming pools. When I was in the United States a while ago, it was precisely this pervasive chlorine smell that caught my eye when I opened the faucet. The water can also be drunk in the USA without any problems, since it is only chlorinated and therefore purified water (attention: pregnant women and mothers of babies are excluded here and should not drink it in large quantities), but of course it tastes good accordingly not like the German tap water that we are used to. So if you want to have delicious water here that doesn't taste like pool, you have to use the bottled water. Fortunately, that's not really expensive in the United States.

You can drink tap water in these countries

Especially in European countries, you can drink tap water with peace of mind, without fear of nausea or discomfort. But it is also safe to drink tap water in some countries outside of Europe. In the following countries you can, according to the information provided by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), a US federal agency of the US Department of Health, safe drinking water from the tap.

  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Great Britain
  • Guadeloupe
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Reunion Island
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Austria
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • United States
  • United Arab Emirates

Guru tip: If you save the following graphic, you will always know where you can safely drink tap water when you are out and about.

In some of the countries mentioned above, the water often has a completely different taste than the one we are used to in Germany, which is in most cases due to the chlorine. I also don't want to rule out that there are other places in the world where you can drink tap water without hesitation, but you are definitely on the safe side with the ones listed here.

You should avoid tap water in these countries

The list of all countries in which you can safely drink tap water is sure to help you a lot. However, if you want to know which travel destinations are more questionable in terms of potable tap water, then take a look at the following list, which not only includes developing countries, but also popular dream destinations that you might not have expected. The World health organization (WHO for short) advises caution, especially in such countries, because the contaminated water in foreign countries often not only tastes different, but it can also be dangerous Typhoid and cholera bacteria, intestinal parasites and hepatitis A and E viruses contain. Also diarrhea pathogens like Salmonella or Coli bacteria are not uncommon. The WHO even suspects that around 80% percent of all illnesses while traveling originate from contaminated drinking water.

Guru tip:Remember that this is not only about avoiding tap water or not drinking it, but also about ice cubes, freshly squeezed juices or raw food that has been washed with tap water, for example. When brushing your teeth in the affected countries, you should rather use purchased drinking water in a sealed bottle.

Your experiences are in demand!

Have you ever had surprisingly good or maybe bad experiences with tap water on vacation? Then please write it to me in the comments. I am curious what you have to say on this topic. And do you also like to drink Kraneberger at home, as the southern Germans like to call it, or do you prefer to use mineral water from special sources?

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