Can You Drink The Tap Water In Puerto Rico? (2023)

Can you drink tap water in Puerto Rico?

Yes! Tap water in Puerto Rico is potable, meaning it is safe to drink and use.

I grew up in Puerto Rico, and all of the water provided by the Island’s aqueduct, Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewage Authority, is potable (that’s 97% of the island). 

In this article, I will cover everything that you need to know about drinking water in Puerto Rico:

Can you drink water from the faucet in Puerto Rico?
Can you drink San Juan tap water?
Where does tap water come from in Puerto Rico?

 

Can you drink water from the faucet in Puerto Rico?

It is perfectly safe to drink water from the faucet. 

image of a boy driking water from the faucet
The CDC and World Health Organization state that Puerto Rico’s drinking water is safe to drink.

Restaurants, bars, hotels, and homes use faucet water to wash, drink and cook. Alternatively, some businesses and homes install water filters for a purer taste. 

Therefore, you can wash your face, brush your teeth and gulp some cold faucet water worry-free. 

 

Can you drink San Juan tap water?

Yes, San Juan tap water is potable.

image of San Juan
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and one of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere.

The water in San Juan is recollected, treated, and distributed with the highest standards provided by the Water and Sewage Authority. 

Read more about the area in our article San Juan – All You Need To Know.

 

Where does tap water come from in Puerto Rico?

Tap water in Puerto Rico is sourced from rivers, dams, springs, and aquifers and is recollected, treated, and distributed by Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewage Authority.

image of a river
Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, so it must meet the same standards for drinking water.

The Water and Sewage Authority does regular check-ups in their labs to guarantee the safety and quality of the island’s tap water. 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Puerto Rico Department of Health also run their own tests. 

 

 

FAQ section

Is it safe to drink tap water in hotels in Puerto Rico?

It’s perfectly safe to drink hotel tap water. If you prefer bottled water, most hotels offer and sell bottled water.

Are there water delivery companies in Puerto Rico?

You can obtain packaged water through supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and other local retail shops. There are no water delivery companies on the Island, but you can order water through a grocery delivery system.

 

Final thoughts

Water plays a crucial part in our well-being and travels!

Good news! Tap water provided by the Water and Sewer Authority in Puerto Rico is safe to drink and use. 

Packaged water and portable water filters are also widely sold throughout the island. 

While enjoying a tall glass of Puerto Rican tap water, check out our article Is Puerto Rico Safe For Tourists? – All You Need To Know.

You may also like our article 45 Best Things To Do In Puerto Rico

Article by

Cristina Rosa

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. I know all the ins and outs of the island. For 22 years, I’ve tasted, seen, experienced, and explored most of Puerto Rico’s gems. I still have many road trips planned for all of the things that I’ve yet to experience in Puerto Rico. 

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