We all know the importance of staying well-hydrated when on the move. But with traveller’s diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water, it pays to know where it’s safe to drink the tap water. We have decided to do our research and it turns out you may need your bottled water more than you think (*according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
If you are planning on travelling to a different country, be wise and make sure you are prepared. Check out our traveller’s guide to tap water below to find out if you need to stock up on bottled water.
We’ve noticed many comments, which disagree with the data presented in this graphic. As we mentioned within the infographic, the data we used is that provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the United States. Keep in mind, potentially unsafe means that it could be harmful to drink if your system is not used to that environment, not necessarily that the water is polluted and dirty.
For those of you who are interested in learning more about the sources used during our research stage, please see below.
- Destinations – cdc.gov
- Drinking Water Treatment Methods for Backcountry and Travel Use – cdc.gov
- Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water – cdc.gov
- Water Disinfection – cdc.gov
- International Travel and Drinking Water – everydayhealth.com
- Drinking Water Safety – independenttraveler.com
- Food and water abroad – nhs.uk
- Millions Drink Tap Water That Is Legal, but Maybe Not Healthy – nytimes.com
- Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation 2014 Update – who.int
- Feature image by Steve Johnson