Can I Drink Tap Water in Ecuador?

No, generally tap water in Ecuador should be avoided. It isn’t potable. Some places claim to have clean tap water – like Cuenca – but multiple travellers, including some of the South America Backpacker team, have experienced nasty symptoms after drinking tap water in Ecuador! 

Water in Ecuador is often cleaned in purification plants – especially in Quito – but this water doesn’t often reach the tap in a potable condition. Aging pipes and a propensity to mix purified water with water that hasn’t been cleaned means tap water should be avoided unless you boil or filter it first. 

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Can I Brush My Teeth With Tap Water in Ecuador?

Yes, you can brush your teeth with tap water in Ecuador but be careful not to swallow any. Brushing your teeth with tap water is a good way to slowly introduce the local germs and bacteria to your immune system – giving you the chance to get used to them, so you can enjoy local food safely!

You can use tap water to brush your teeth in Ecuador!

Can I Wash My Face With Tap Water in Ecuador?

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

Do Locals in Ecuador Drink Tap Water?

Some Ecuadorian people drink water straight from the tap but many stick to bottled or purified water. Some accommodation options and houses have water filters, allowing people to drink the water safely. 

Is Ice in Ecuador Safe?

Ice in Ecuador is only safe if it’s been made with purified water. Unless you know how your ice has been made, it’s best to avoid it. 

How to Ask for No Ice:

In Spanish: “Sin hielo por favor”

Bottled Water in Ecuador

Bottled water is ubiquitous in Ecuador. You’ll find it in every shop and supermarket. Expect to pay around $1USD for 1.5 litres. However, it’s not much more to buy big 5-litre bottles, so if you’re staying in one place for a few days, this is a better option. 

Can I Use a Filtered Water Bottle in Ecuador?

Yes, you can use a filtered water bottle in Ecuador. We recommend choosing a purifier like the Grayl UltraPress one of the Grayl alternatives to ensure your water is safe to drink. 

Using a filtered water bottle in Ecuador makes tap water potable!

Tap Water in Ecuador – Is It Drinkable?

Tap water in Ecuador should be avoided. If you need to drink tap water, ensure it’s been boiled or filtered first. While water is considered potable in large towns and cities in the country, there’s little guarantee that it’ll be clean by the time it reaches your tap.

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