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Can You Drink the Tap Water in Mexico?

Upset stomach or traveler’s diarrhea is the most common travel sickness, according to the CDC. It’s so common that there is a cliché joke you’ll hear pretty much every time you mention traveling to Mexico. ‘Remember, don’t drink the water!’ or ‘Don’t catch Montezuma’s Revenge!’ Can you drink tap water in Mexico? This guide answers that question.

In this guide, we’ll explain exactly for which purposes it is safe and unsafe to use tap water in Mexico. We’ll also outline where to get clean and safe drinking water in Mexico anywhere in the country so you don’t get sick. We’ll cover bottled water, purified water, water filters, water treatment options, and more. Hopefully, this guide helps you stay healthy and hydrated during your trip to Mexico.

tap water

Is Tap Water Safe to Drink in Mexico?

No. Tap water in Mexico is generally not safe to drink. It’s not safe for locals, visitors, or expats. Pretty much everyone drinks filtered or bottled water instead. Nobody drinks tap water in Mexico.

There are some exceptions. Some resorts, hotels, homes, and apartments have a plumbed-in water filtration system on-site. In this case, there will be a separate tap that dispenses clean drinking water. If the property you’re staying at has this system, there will probably be a sign next to the tap indicating that the water is safe to drink (agua potable in Spanish).

There are also some cities and towns where the water is safe to drink. The problem is that it’s hard to know whether or not the water is potable without trying it out. It’s best to just drink bottled or filtered water.

Do Locals Drink Tap Water in Mexico?

No. Pretty much no local drinks straight tap water in Mexico. They drink purified water or bottled water instead. The tap water in Mexico is unsafe for everyone to drink, including the locals. Nobody wants to get sick. Some cities and towns have good public water systems. Even when tap water is potable, most locals prefer not to drink it.

a Mexican man drinking bottled water

Why can’t you drink tap water in Mexico?

Most municipal water departments across Mexico purify the water in a way that makes it perfectly safe to drink when it leaves their facility. The problem is the distribution system. The water can become contaminated on its way from the treatment facility to your tap.

The water can flow through old pipes or sit in holding tanks where heavy metals, bacteria, parasites, protozoa, viruses, and other various debris can contaminate the water. These contaminants are microscopic. You can’t see them with the naked eye. The water may appear and smell clean but still make you sick.

Without testing the water in a lab, there is really no way of knowing whether it’s safe to drink or contaminated. Some microorganisms that may be found in the water in Mexico include e. coli, giardia, and cryptosporidium.

The microorganisms found in the water in Mexico are different from microorganisms found in the water in your home country. This makes visitors more susceptible to getting sick if they accidentally ingest contaminated tap water. Your body may tolerate the microorganisms it’s used to. When your body is exposed to new microorganisms, you may get sick.

Drinking Mexico water that is contaminated with unfamiliar microorganisms may cause Montezuma’s Revenge or traveler’s diarrhea (TD). More on that later.

Guanajuato, Mexico

Sources of Water in Mexico

The potability of the water depends on where the water came from, how it was treated, and how it was delivered. Water in Mexico can come from a number of different sources including:

  • Municipal water supply- In urban areas, the city water department delivers water through a series of pipes. This water usually isn’t potable but there are some exceptions.
  • Local spring or well- This could be a shared or private well. Wells are common in rural parts of Mexico. Most well water is potable.
  • Delivery from a water truck- The truck pumps water into large holding tanks. This is common in rural areas during the dry season. Water delivered in a truck is filtered and potable.
  • Rainwater collection- This usually supplements water delivery in rural areas during the rainy season from May-November (Mexico’s rainy season). This water is not safe to drink without treatment.
  • Water filters- Some Mexico hotels and homes have a water filtration system that is plumbed in. These can use active carbon, multi-stage filtration, and UV light to purify the water and make it safe to drink. There will be a separate tap that dispenses clean drinking water that has run through the filter. This water is safe to drink.

If you’re in doubt as to whether or not the local water is safe to drink, it’s best to buy bottled or filtered water. Luckily, it’s easy to find clean drinking water in Mexico.

How to Get Drinking Water in Mexico: 3 Options

Because the tap water in Mexico is questionable at best, you’ll have to get your drinking water elsewhere. Luckily, clean and safe drinking water is readily available everywhere in Mexico. After all, everyone needs water and Mexican people don’t drink the tap water either. In this section, I’ll outline three ways to get clean drinking water, wherever you are in the country.

bottled water

1. Buy Bottled Water

This is the safest and most convenient option. Every supermarket, convenience store, restaurant, hotel, pharmacy, and roadside stand in Mexico sells bottled water. Most water bottles are 500 ml, 1 liter, 1.5 liter, or 2 liters. You can also buy 5 liter, 10 liter, and 20 liter jugs.

A few of the most common brands include Bonafort, Cristal, Ciel (bottled by Coca-Cola), Epura (bottled by Pepsi), and Santa María (bottled by Nestlé). You’ll also find some of your favorite international brands including Dasani, Evian, Fiji, VOSS, Smartwater, etc. All of these brands are safe to drink. The brand doesn’t really matter. Drink whatever you like the taste of or drink the cheapest water if you’re on a budget.

There are a couple of drawbacks to buying bottled water. Most importantly, single-use plastic disposable water bottles aren’t great for the environment. The cost can also add up.

Many mid-range and higher hotels, Airbnbs, and resorts include a couple of free bottles of water with the room. Some Mexican resorts and hotels stock bottled water in the minibar and charge for it. Be sure to check before you drink so you don’t get surprised with a big bill.

If your Mexico resort or hotel charges for bottled water, consider stopping by a nearby grocery store or convenience store to avoid paying inflated prices.

If you ask for water at a restaurant, the server assumes you want to buy a bottle of water. You’ll never be served water from the faucet. To order bottled water at a shop or restaurant, you can ask for ‘agua embotellada’ or ‘una botella de agua’.

When buying a bottle of water, always check that the seal on the cap hasn’t been broken. People will sometimes collect old bottles, refill them with tap water, and sell them. This scam is uncommon in Mexico but not unheard of.

How Much Does Bottled Water Cost in Mexico?

Assuming you drink 2 liters per day, you’ll spend around 20 pesos ($1) per day or 600 pesos ($30) per month on bottled drinking water while traveling in Mexico if you drink bottled water exclusively. The price varies by region and where you buy it.

The cheapest place to buy bottled water is in a supermarket. 1 liter water bottles cost 8-12 pesos (around 50 cents). 2 liter bottles cost about 10-20 pesos (50 cents-$1) each. If you want to save some money, you can buy a 5 liter jug for about 20-30 pesos ($1-$1.50) and refill a smaller bottle. A few major Mexican supermarket chains include Soriana, Chedraui, and Casa Ley.

Prices are a bit higher at restaurants, street food stands, resorts, hotels, convenience stores, and around tourist attractions. Expect to pay around 20 pesos ( $1) for a 1 liter bottle. Premium or international brands also cost more than local brands.

A 20 liter garrafon

2. Buy Purified or Filtered Drinking Water in Mexico

Many Mexico hotels, hostels, and Airbnbs offer filtered water from a water dispenser for guests to refill their own water bottle. The water comes from a 20 liter jug called a garrafón.

This water is delivered by a water company. It is the same as bottled water, just sold in large containers. If you see a water dispenser in your hotel lobby, you know the water is clean and safe to drink. That’s what it’s there for.

Purified Water Refills and Delivery

If you’re staying in Mexico long-term or living in Mexico, you’ll probably want to buy your own 20 liter water jug (garrafón) and have it refilled or swapped with a full jug periodically. You can buy these jugs at many convenience stores, grocery stores, as well as directly from bottled water companies.

This is much cheaper than constantly buying bottled water. It’s also more convenient because you can get the jugs delivered so you don’t have to drag the heavy 20 liter jugs to your accommodation. You always have plenty of water on hand as well.

Mexico has 3 main water companies that offer delivery including Crystal, Bonafont, and Agua Pura. It’s important to note that once you buy a bottle that is marked with one of these company’s brand name, you must swap it out with full bottles from the same company. If you want to switch to a different company, you’ll have to buy a new bottle.

You can also purchase generic, unmarked bottles and have them refilled at a convenience store or a purified water shop in your neighborhood. Some of these local water businesses offer delivery as well.

Several times per week, a water truck or man on a cargo bicycle will come through the neighborhood with full jugs and swap out your empty jugs for fresh ones. They yell out the name of the water company they deliver for. Sometimes they are independent. You can just flag the guy down and purchase a full bottle and hand in your empty. You pay the delivery guy directly in cash.

In some cases, you can schedule a delivery or call your delivery person when you need a refill. The water delivery service works a bit differently in different parts of the country or even in different neighborhoods. Some companies offer better service than others. It’s a good idea to buy several bottles so you always have plenty of water and only have to get delivery every couple of weeks.

If you prefer, you can also refill the jug yourself. Every neighborhood has a shop that sells purified drinking water. Sometimes they have a vending machine that operates with coins and sometimes there is an attendant to fill the jug for you. You just bring your jug in, fill it up, pay for the water, then carry it home.

Water dispensers

If you buy a 20 liter jug, you’ll probably want to buy a water dispenser. That way, you don’t have to lift the massive jug up to pour your water into your glass or bottle.

Starting at around 100 pesos, you can buy a small hand pump to attach to the top of a 20 liter jug. Most supermarkets sell these. Another option is a dispenser like the one below that holds the jug upside down and dispenses water with gravity. For around 1000 pesos, you can also buy nicer electric dispensers that cool and heats the water. Other styles are available as well including stands that allow you to tilt the jug to pour your water.

Tip: Store your 5 gallon water jug out of the sun so it stays cool. Also, keep some water in small bottles or a pitcher and store them in the fridge so you always have cold water to drink.

water dispenser with 20 liter bottle

How much does it cost to buy purified drinking water in Mexico?

A plastic 20 liter jug costs around 80-100 pesos ($4-$5). Refills cost about 25-40 pesos ($1.20-$2.00) including delivery. If you have the delivery man bring the heavy water jug into your home, they will expect a tip. Assuming you drink 2 liters per day, you’ll spend around 90 pesos ($4.25) per month for the water alone.

3. Filter Your Own Drinking Water in Mexico

If you’re on a tight budget, the cheapest way to get clean drinking water is to filter your own with a handheld water filtration system. With one of these, you can filter tap water as well as water from a river, lake, stream, or even a muddy puddle. As long as the water isn’t contaminated with chemicals or viruses, drinking tap water is fine after it’s been filtered.

These days, I often filter my own water when traveling. I have used my Sawyer Mini water filter to drink water in Africa, East Asia, and Mexico. I even used it for several months while living in Tijuana.

The Sawyer Mini is lightweight at just 2 ounces. It’s also easy to pack. It measures just 1″x5″. I fill a water bottle, screw the filter on top, and drink directly from the filter.

The Sawyer removes all bacteria, debris, and other contaminants that are larger than 0.1 micron. It does not remove most viruses, chemicals, pesticides, or heavy metals. For more info about the Sawyer Mini, check out my full review here.

Other water filters are also available. The LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle is a popular option. The water filter is conveniently integrated into a reusable water bottle. You simply fill the water bottle and drink directly through the filter. The LifeStraw can filter out microplastics, chlorine, organic matter as well as sand, dirt, and cloudiness. It also improves the water’s flavor.

As an alternative to filtering water, you can boil it. Boiling water kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, and protozoa, and makes it safe to drink. Boiling does not remove chemicals, heavy metals, etc. Ideally, you want to boil water for 3 minutes to be safe but 1 minute is generally sufficient.

Important Health Note: In some regios, water in Mexico has high mineral content in the water. Most water filters can’t remove minerals. Over time, these minerals can build up in your body and cause kidney stones and a number of other health problems. It’s not really a worry for shorter trips but it could cause problems if you’re drinking it for months or years at a time. If you will be living in Mexico, it’s best to buy purified water.

Water filter cost

A decent water filter costs around $20-$30 and will last for many years as long as you periodically clean it and don’t lose it or break it. After filtering 40-50 liters your filter will have paid for itself. These filters are designed to filter thousands of liters of water before they need to be replaced.

You can get water to filter for free pretty much anywhere including hotels, bathrooms, gas stations, restaurants, etc. You can also get free water from streams, rivers, puddles, and lakes.

What water do locals drink in Mexico?

Locals and tourists drink the same water in Mexico. If the water is unsafe for a tourist to drink, it is also unsafe for a local to drink.

While staying in Mexico City, I asked a few acquaintances if they drink the local water. Most do not. They usually buy a few 20-liter bottles and a dispenser and have fresh water bottles delivered once every other week. I have met a few people who claim to drink from the tap.

Some people just don’t drink much water. Coca-Cola is incredibly popular in some regions where the water isn’t potable. You could also just sample some of Mexico’s excellent craft beers.

FAQ About Drinking Water in Mexico: What’s Safe and What’s Not?

In this section, I’ll answer a few frequently asked questions about safely using water in Mexico.

a glass of clean water

Can I Drink the Water that Restaurants Serve in Mexico?

Yes. Any water they serve will be safe to drink. Restaurants don’t want their customers to get sick. They know that most people won’t drink tap water. If it makes you feel better, you can ask your server if the water is purified, but that isn’t necessary.

Every restaurant also sells bottled water. If you order it, you’ll be charged a premium. Usually around 20-40 pesos for a 1 liter water bottle. In touristy areas, you might be charged more.

Many restaurants offer complimentary water by the glass with the meal. You’ll usually have to ask for a glass of water if you don’t want to buy bottled water. This will be either purified water from a bottle or water from a purification system on site.

If you don’t want to pay for water at the restaurant or drink purified water, you can bring your own bottle with you. Nobody will care.

Can I Drink the Water from the Dispenser in the Hotel?

Yes. This is purified water that the hotel has delivered. It’s the same as bottled water. It is perfectly safe to drink. It’s there for customers to refill their water bottle.

Should I Avoid Ice Cubes While Traveling in Mexico?

No. It’s no longer necessary to avoid ice in Mexico. Many tourists avoid drinks with ice cubes. The idea is that the ice may be made from tap water. When the ice melts, it could contaminate your drink.

Lemonade with ice
These days, you no longer need to avoid ice in your drinks in Mexico

While this was a problem in the past, it’s not really anymore. Pretty much all ice is made from filtered water. You don’t have to deny yourself a cold drink out of fear of contaminated ice. Feel free to order an iced cocktail or ice water in restaurants, bars, and your hotel. There is very little risk. You can safely drink ice in Mexico.

There are some exceptions to this. If you’re buying an iced juice, agua fresca, or other drink from a small stand in a market or a roadside stand, there is some risk. It’s possible that the vendor made their own ice with tap water.

In this situation, try looking at the ice. If it appears to be made in a machine, it’s probably safe. For example, cylindrical ice with a hole in the center comes from a factory. If the ice looks homemade, skip it or order your drink without ice.

Can I Brush My Teeth With Tap Water in Mexico?

Yes. It is fine to use tap water to brush your teeth in Mexico. There is no need to waste perfectly good bottled or purified water. You can use tap water to wet your toothbrush and rinse out your mouth.

A toothbrush and toothpaste

You should be careful not to swallow the water while brushing. Avoid gargling because you’ll probably swallow some accidentally. When you rinse your mouth, spit a couple of times to make sure you get all of the water out.

Some people will disagree with this but I have used tap water to brush my teeth all over the world including India, East Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, and have never gotten sick from brushing my teeth with tap water. Swallowing a few drops of water isn’t going to do you any harm.

If you want to be extra cautious, you can use filtered or bottled water to rinse your mouth out. This really isn’t necessary though.

Can I Drink Coffee and Tea Made with Tap Water in Mexico?

A cup of coffee

Yes. As long as you bring the water to a boil for at least one minute, it is perfectly safe to drink coffee and tea made using tap water. Boiling water kills any bacteria and viruses that may be present.

The only problem is that some water has a funky taste. This could be from excessive mineral content or other contaminants. In this case, you may want to use purified water or bottled water. This isn’t really a health concern, but your beverage will be much more enjoyable if it tastes the way it’s supposed to.

To boil water, you can use an electric kettle. Another option is to pack an immersion water heater like this Lewis N. Clark Portable Immersion Water Heater. You can also buy one of these for 40-50 pesos in most Mexican supermarkets.

Tip: Many standard drip coffee makers don’t heat the water long enough to kill all bacteria. If you’re using the coffee maker in your hotel room, consider using bottled or purified water just to be safe.

Can I Cook with Tap Water in Mexico?

Yes. As long as you bring the water to a complete boil for at least one minute, it is fine to cook with tap water in Mexico. Boiling the water kills all bacteria and viruses. Your food will overpower any poor taste that the water in Mexico leaves. There is no reason to waste purified water on cooking rice or pasta.

One issue you may encounter is that the water can leave some white residue on your pots and pans. This comes from the mineral contents in the water. Some parts of Mexico have harder water than others. Try to clean this off after cooking so it doesn’t build up on your pans.

Can I use Tap Water to Wash Food in Mexico?

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Yes. Most people rinse their fruits and vegetables in tap water before eating them or preparing them for cooking. Washing your fruits and vegetables is particularly important in Mexico because produce generally isn’t cleaned thoroughly during processing. E Coli is a risk. Pesticides may also be present. Some produce is still covered in dirt that needs to be washed away.

To be safe, try to dry your foods off after washing so you avoid ingesting too much of the remaining water. Ingesting a few drops of remaining water won’t make you sick. If you’re going to cook the food anyway, it doesn’t really matter if it’s dry. The water will boil during cooking.

One type of food to be extra careful with is leafy greens like lettuce. These tend to hold quite a bit of water after washing. Shake them off well before you eat them.

If you are worried about getting sick from the remaining water on your food, you can wash your food with a vinegar and water mixture or warm soapy water. This helps to kill bacteria in the water.

Another option is to use a produce wash. Microdyn Fruit and Vegetable Wash is a popular option. This product is designed to kill any harmful bacteria in the water in Mexico. You simply mix it with tap water before washing your food. It is also available in pretty much every Mexican supermarket.

Can I Eat Salads in Mexico?

Yes. Salads are safe to eat. Many travelers choose to avoid eating salads in Mexico. They assume that the produce was washed with tap water and that the remaining water will make them sick.

This really isn’t an issue. Restaurants properly wash and dry their produce. They don’t want to make their customers sick.

Tap water filling glass

Can I Bathe in the Water in Mexico?

Yes. There is nothing to worry about when taking a shower or bath in Mexico. The water is perfectly safe to bathe in.

To be safe, you should avoid getting water in your mouth while you bathe. Try to keep your mouth shut while rinsing the shampoo out of your hair. If some water splashes in your mouth, just spit it out.

You should take this precaution even if you’re staying in a resort that claims to filter the water. Even if the water is filtered, chances are the shower water is not.

If you wear contact lenses, always take them out before taking a shower. Bacteria can get trapped between the contact lenses and your eyes and cause issues.

Is it Safe to Wash Dishes with Tap Water in Mexico?

Yes. Washing dishes with tap water is perfectly safe. Dish soap will help kill bacteria and viruses in the water. You will want to make sure your dishes are dry before using them. The remaining water could make you sick if your dishes are still wet.

Should I Give My Pet Tap Water in Mexico?

A puppy sitting in a water bowl

Almost all pet owners in Mexico give their dogs and cats tap water. Some may serve them purified water.

This choice comes down to personal preference and how bad the water quality is where you are. Generally, pets can drink water in Mexico without any issues. Their immune systems are stronger than ours. For more info, check out my guide to traveling to Mexico with a dog.

What is Montezuma’s Revenge?

Montezuma’s Revenge is a funny term used to refer to traveler’s diarrhea in Mexico. It is caused by drinking water or eating food contaminated with bacteria strains that travelers aren’t immune to but locals are.

It is named after the 16th-century Aztec emperor Montezuma II, who was besieged by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and his men. Traveler’s diarrhea is considered ‘revenge’ for the killing of Montezuma.

Today, Montezuma’s revenge is still a problem in Mexico, particularly for travelers who are not used to the local cuisine. The best way to avoid the bacteria is to eat only cooked food and drink only bottled or filtered water.

20-50% of travelers suffer from stomach problems at some point during their trip. Even if you take every possible precaution, sometimes you just get unlucky and get sick anyway. For example, Maybe you went to the one sketchy restaurant that used tap water to make ice. Maybe you didn’t bring your tea water to a complete boil.

Symptoms of Montezuma’s Revenge or Traveler’s Diahhrea?

Symptoms of Montezuma’s Revenge include diarrhea, cramping, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. Some people experience fever, headache, and abdominal pain.

How Long Does Montezuma’s Revenge or Traveler’s Diahhrea Last?

How long traveler’s diarrhea lasts depends on the strain you caught, your health, and your body. It’s different for everyone. In most cases, it will pass on its own in 1-2 days. Sometimes it only lasts 12 hours. Sometimes it can last 3 days or more.

Chichen Itza, Mexico

What to do if you get an upset stomach or traveler’s diarrhea from drinking tap water in Mexico

If you spend enough time traveling in Mexico, you will pick up a case of traveler’s diarrhea or ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ at some point. It’s unavoidable. It’s not the end of the world if you get sick. Traveler’s diarrhea is common in Mexico and is usually easily cured. If you get sick from drinking contaminated water you should:

  • Drink plenty of clean water- Buy some bottled water that you know is clean and drink plenty of it. Your body gets dehydrated quickly when you have diarrhea. You need to stay hydrated.
  • Drink rehydration salts- You can buy these in most pharmacies. Rehydration salts help your body rehydrate if you’ve lost too much salt or other minerals from vomiting or diarrhea. You don’t want to let yourself get dehydrated. Extreme dehydration can lead to organ damage.
  • Follow the BRAT diet- BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. These foods are easy on the stomach and may help to reduce your symptoms.
  • Try taking some over the counter anti-diarrhea medicine- Imodium or Pepto Bismol are good options. you can get anti-diarrhea medicine at any pharmacy. It can provide some relief while the sickness passes. You might also consider packing some in your toiletries kit just in case.
  • If the sickness is particularly severe, take antibiotics- Any pharmacy will have the proper antibiotics to treat severe diarrhea. You may need to get a prescription from a doctor.

For more info on traveler’s diarrhea, check out this guide from the Mayo Clinic.

Try to take every precaution you can to avoid getting sick. Even though traveler’s diarrhea isn’t all that serious for most people, a bad case can put a major dent in your trip. The last thing you want is to spend half of your vacation sitting on the toilet rather than the beach.

At the same time, there’s no need to be paranoid about getting sick from drinking tap water in Mexico. As long take the precautions listed above, you’ll stay healthy. If you do end up getting a case of traveler’s diarrhea, it’s not the end of the world. The condition is very treatable.

How to Visit a Doctor in Mexico

If your traveler’s diarrhea doesn’t pass in a day or two, it’s time to see a doctor. Luckily, going to the doctor in Mexico is quick and affordable.

Most large pharmacy chains have an attached walk-in clinic, called a consultario. The biggest Mexico pharmacy chains include Farmacia Similares, Farmacia Guadalajara, and Farmacia Yza. Not all pharmacies have clinics but many do.

At the clinic, a doctor will evaluate you, make a diagnosis, and write you a prescription. You can get the prescription filled in the attached pharmacy. The whole process takes around 15-20 minutes. It’s extremely convenient.

The consultation only costs just 60-100 pesos. The antibiotics might cost another 100 pesos or so. For more info, check out my step-by-step guide to visiting a clinic in Mexico.

If you want to be prepared, you could also ask your regular doctor at home to prescribe you some antibiotics that you can take with you just in case. Some doctors will write you a prescription and some won’t.

A cenote in Yucatan, Mexico

My Experience Getting Traveler’s Diarrhea in Mexico

I didn’t get sick from the water. I got sick from eating some bad tacos. After a couple of days, I wasn’t feeling any better so I decided to go to a doctor.

I walked into a clinic, filled out a simple form, and paid 60 pesos. Within 5 minutes the doctor saw me. In broken Spanish, I told him about my problem. He asked me a couple of questions and wrote me a prescription for some antibiotics.

I had the prescription filled at the attached pharmacy for around 80 pesos. The whole visit cost me $7. They even gave me a free bottle of water. My traveler’s diarrhea started clearing up later that evening.

Dehydration in Mexico

Drinking Mexico water isn’t the only way to get sick. You can make yourself sick by not drinking enough water. It’s easy to get dehydrated while you’re traveling in Mexico.

Mexico has a hot climate. While you’re out and about sightseeing and or sitting on the beach, you will sweat more than usual. You might also be drinking more alcohol than usual. You’re on vacation, after all. You’ll get dehydrated if you don’t drink enough water while you’re in Mexico.

To stay hydrated, always bring some water with you when you’re out and about. Continue drinking water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. If you’re feeling dehydrated, buy some hydration salts at a pharmacy and mix them into your water.

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

Final Thoughts About Drinking Tap Water in Mexico

As a general rule, you should not drink tap water in Mexico. Even though the water was most likely potable when it left the city’s treatment facility, it may or may not be potable when it arrives at your tap. Even if it is potable, it probably doesn’t taste that great. Luckily, purified and bottled water are cheap and easy to come by in Mexico.

After spending over a year living in Mexico, I have never gotten sick from drinking water in Mexico. Admittedly, I did drink water straight from the tap in Tijuana and Mexico City on a few occasions. Usually, after a night out when I couldn’t be bothered to go out and buy a bottle of water. Maybe I just got lucky or maybe my immune system is strong.

Do you drink the water in Mexico? Share your tips and experience in the comments below!

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