If you’re going on holiday this summer, one of the most important things to find out is if the tap water isn’t safe to drink.
We all need water, especially in the heat, so it’s a good idea to find out if you can drink straight from the tap, or you need to buy bottled water. Drinking water in some countries may cause you to suffer from an upset stomach and nobody wants to run the risk of holiday ailments and travel accidents.
Hopefully, this guide will help you find out if the tap water isn’t safe to drink.
Cities where tap water isn’t safe to drink
If you’re jetting off on holiday in the coming weeks, here are some cities where the tap water isn’t safe to drink:
- All cities in Africa
- Kuala Lumpur
- Mexico City
- All cities in South America
There is safe water in European countries, such as Greece, Spain, Turkey, and Portugal, but it’s advisable to stick to bottled water if you’re not used to the tap water. Generally speaking, you should only drink tap water in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
When you travel abroad, you may visit cities where tap water isn’t safe to drink; however, you’ll find that bottled water is widely available in supermarkets and convenience stores.
If you’re staying somewhere where tap water isn’t safe to drink, bulk buy bottled water to save money and ensure you have a constant supply. You’ll find that bottled water is much cheaper abroad than it is in the UK.
What will happen if I drink tap water abroad?
In most cases, nothing serious will happen to you if you drink tap water when you’re overseas; however, you may find that you have a stomach upset or you suffer from diarrhoea or nausea. This is because your body isn’t used to the water supply.
In some countries, the purification process may not be a stringent as in the UK and therefore the tap water may not be as clean. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as you don’t want to spend your holiday nursing travel injuries.
If you’ve developed an illness abroad, or you’ve been injured in an accident overseas, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation.
If you have proof that you were not blame for your holiday injuries, call us now to find out how to make a travel claim. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice