This post was most recently updated on January 21st, 2023
Tap water is drinkable in Cyprus, but it’s suggested to drink only after boiling and filtering it. The water may be safe to drink when it leaves the source, but it might collect pollutants (dirt, dust, and other stuff) on its way to your tap. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents. So tap water in each city is different.
The tap water in Southern Cyprus is much safer compared to the tap water in Northern Cyprus.
You can click the links below to learn about different cities in Cyprus.
Tap water has to abide by strict EU standards, and it is put through a variety of filtration and purification systems before distribution.
If your water tank and plumbing pipes are not cleaned enough, it’s not suggested to drink the tap water directly. Always take extra precautions. Drink only after filtering and boiling the water.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Cyprus?
Water quality in Cyprus is monitored by the Health Inspectors of the Medical and Public Health Services of the Ministry of Health and the Local Authorities. As per them, tap water in Cyprus is safe to drink.
The majority of the Cypriots always use tap water for cooking/beverages and ice cubes. When you visit a restaurant or a cafe, you would usually be provided with tap water until you order a sealed water bottle.
Tap water vs Bottled Water in Cyprus
It is also said that tap water in Cyprus is better than bottled water.
As I mentioned above, tap water is filtered and purified before distribution, but bottled water in Cyprus usually comes from mountains, which means it doesn’t go through safety measures as Tap water goes.
Most people also don’t like to drink bottled water because they think bottled water is subject to contamination by impurities from the bottle’s materials which I believe is not true.
People also say, “tap water and bottled water in Cyprus come from the same source, then why do you want to pay extra?”
So which one is better to drink in Cyprus, tap water or bottled water?
Chlorine is usually used in tap water in Cyprus to keep it safe from bacteria and viruses. Now, it’s not a full-proof method. Even after putting chlorine, water-borne viruses can exist in tap water. On the other hand, bottled water is somehow cleaner than tap water.
The major downside of drinking bottled water is, that it’s expensive compared to tap water.
The water that comes to your tap is very cheap in price. You can also buy 20 liters of water for 1 Euro from water vending machines, whereas you will only get 1.5 liters of bottled water for 1 Euro.
If you have money and don’t mind putting it on buying bottled water, then it’s your choice.
But if you can’t afford to buy bottled water every day, I suggest you buy it from the vending machines.
If you are a tourist and visiting Cyprus, it’s better to stick with bottled water. You wouldn’t want to get sick while traveling, would you?
I am the kind of guy who drinks bottled water by boiling it. It’s totally up to you which water you want to drink.
Can I brush my teeth with tap water in Cyprus?
Tap water in Cyprus is safe to brush your teeth, or even take a bath. You can also put tap water from Cyprus in your food while cooking. As per the Ministry of Health, tap water is 100% safe.
Can you drink tap water in Protaras?
Yes, you can drink tap water in Protaras. However, you are suggested to drink the tap water only after boiling and filtering it. If you want to drink it directly, it’s fine. You won’t get sick, but it’s always nice to drink water by filtering it.
Where does tap water in Cyprus come from?
Tap water in Cyprus comes from water dams and the sea, and 70% of the tap water supply comes through water desalination. Desalination is the process by which the dissolved mineral salts in water are removed. Currently, this process, applied to seawater, is one of the most used to obtain fresh water for human consumption or agricultural purposes.
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