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Safe water can be a pretty big issue. Not only can it ruin a perfectly good trip with diarrhea, but bad water can also carry hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera. This is nothing to play around with.
When it comes to amoebas and parasites, it pays to be a bad host.
In this post, we share research from the US Center for Disease Control about where to find safe tap water – and how to make bad water safe to drink.
To get started, here are some tools and tricks you can use to make bad tap water safe:
3 Tools to Make Tap Water Safe
- Sterilize the water: A common tool for water sterilization is the SteriPEN UV light. A few weeks ago, we published lab results of before / after water sterilization with the SteriPEN with water samples from Cuenca Ecuador. Read the full post with video results.
- Boil the water: Another popular way to make tap water safe is boiling. It is simple, fast, and safe. How long to boil water?
- Filter the water: At home, we prefer to filter our water. Read why here. Here is the counter top ceramic filter we use.
The following statistics are based on data from the US Center for Disease Control. See text version of the infographic below the image.
[Infographic] A Traveler’s Guide to Safe Tap Water
Here is a breakdown of where to find safe tap water around the world:
Infographic courtesy of the fine folks at Neomam.
Where is the Tap Water Safe?
Here is a detailed breakdown of where to find safe tap water around the world.
- Continent of Africa: None
- Continent of Asia: Brunei, Hong Kong, Isreal, Japan ,Singapore, South Korea
- Continent of Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City.
- Continent of North America: Canada, Greenland, United States of America
- Continent of South America: None
- Continent of Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
It isn’t just what you drink. Bad water can make you sick while swimming, brushing your teeth, ice cubes and while in the shower.
How do you keep healthy while traveling? Please share your tips and comments below…