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Asia > Philippines > Useful Info
Submitted on Apr 09, 2019 Useful Info

Tap water safety in Philippines

  • Believe it or not, there's no clear cut answer on if you can drink tap water directly or not in Philippines. Among Filipinos (at least in Manila), I'd say 40% drink tap water directly, 20% use some sort of filter, and 40% do not drink it directly
  • Personally I drink tap water all the time and I have never had any issues
  • To be on the safe side, I'd advise tourists to avoid drinking tap water directly in Philippines. Even if many locals drink it directly, we're used to it. It is quite safe, but it might still upset your stomach
  • Instead, filter it, boil it, or just use bottled water which is cheap and widely available
  • Likewise, do not use direct tap water to make ice that you will consume it later. Use filtered, boiled or bottle water to do so. When you're out and served ice, more upscale restaurants will generally buy ice from manufacturers which adhere to safety standards so you shouldn't worry. But if you're going to smaller restaurants, ask them where their ice come from
  • However, using tap water to brush your teeth is perfectly fine