Whether you’re hiking through the Swiss Alps or swimming off of the Amalfi Coast, it’s important to stay hydrated. Potable tap water is widely available throughout Europe, but sometimes it’s better to play it safe and purchase a bottle of Acqua Panna. Are you planning your next European excursion? Discover where you can and can’t enjoy water from the tap!
The Dangers of Contaminated Water
The health effects of drinking contaminated water vary in severity, from minor stomach pains to long-term illness. You don’t want to spend the entirety of your European adventure in the hotel bathroom due to polluted tap water! Illness as a result of contaminated water is easily preventable, and it helps to watch out for the signs as you explore.
Drinking Tap Water in Europe
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), most food and water standards in Europe are similar to those in the United States. Before you visit the particular country you’re traveling to, check the CDC website for information. Select the country in the “for travelers” section, and expand the “eat and drink safely” icon. The website will inform you if it’s safe to drink the tap water or not.
Avoiding Tap Water in Europe
While it’s most common for larger cities like Paris to provide potable tap water, rural European towns and islands might be another story. According to the CDC website, “travelers visiting rural or remote areas that are served by unregulated water sources should take special precautions to ensure that safety of their water.” The CDC also states that when travelers avoid tap water, they should also avoid ice, fresh juice, and fountain drinks.
So How Can I Hydrate Safely?
Travelers can find potable tap water throughout Europe, but bottled water is widely available too. If you don’t feel comfortable drinking the tap water available on the street, purchase a large bottle to carry with you throughout the day. You can safely store a two-liter bottle in your backpack, or opt for a small bottle that you can refill at the hotel or restaurant.
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If you have any questions or want help booking your European adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website!