Can I Drink Tap Water in Chile?


Yes, you can drink tap water almost everywhere in Chile. The country has some of the highest water quality standards in the world, comparable to, if not stricter than, most of Europe and the USA. 

With the country being so long and thin, Chilean water sources vary a lot from north to south. Northern Chile relies heavily on wells and groundwater. This means the water has a high mineral content, which can take some time to get used to – especially if you’re not from a ‘hard’ water area. In Southern Chile, most water comes from river and surface sources, so it’s ‘softer’ in flavour. 

But flavour aside, it doesn’t matter where you are in Chile. More than 99% of tap water is considered potable and goes through an intensive purification process before reaching the tap. The only time you may face an issue is in old buildings with aging pipework. If in doubt, ask at your accommodation – they’ll be able to tell you if the tap water is safe to drink! 

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Water in Chile 

Can I Brush My Teeth With Tap Water in Chile?

Yes, you can brush your teeth with tap water in Chile. The quality standards for water in Chile are some of the best in the world. 

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You can safely brush your teeth with tap water in Chile!

Can I Wash My Face With Tap Water in Chile?

Yes, you can wash your face with tap water in Chile. 

Do Locals in Chile Drink Tap Water?

Yes, loads of Chileans drink tap water in Chile. Generally, those that chose bottled water over tap water do so because they prefer the flavour as opposed to fear the tap water. 

Is Ice in Chile Safe?

Yes, ice in Chile is safe to consume. 

How to Ask for No Ice:

In Spanish: “Sin hielo por favor”

Bottled Water in Chile

Bottled water is common throughout Chile. Expect to pay around 1200CP (approx $1.20USD) for 1.5 litres. Tap water is much cheaper!

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You can drink bottled water in Chile but it’s much cheaper to just use the tap!

Can I Use a Filtered Water Bottle in Chile?

While it’s not necessary to use a filtered water bottle for tap water in Chile, you can do so if you want. You may want to use a filter if you’re drinking from natural water sources when hiking. Although Patagonia has some of the purest water in the world, it’s always a good idea to filter water if the source is anywhere near people! 

Tap Water in Chile – Is It Drinkable?

Tap water in Chile is generally safe to drink. Chile has similar water testing as most of Europe. The only issue can be with old plumbing in buildings. If you’re concerned about this, ask at your accommodation whether the water is potable. 

You may notice a difference in water smell and flavour as you travel through Chile. This is normal. The sources used for collecting water play a large part in the water’s flavour. In some places, you may find water filters fitted to taps – these ensure the flavour is consistent!

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