Potable (Safe) Drinking Water in Australia

Information for travelers about drinking the water in Australia.

Please submit information or experiences about the quality of the water in Australia.

Is the local water safe to drink? Is the tap water or well water safe to consume without boiling? Are there specific cities or regions of Australia where water is or isn't safe to drink without purification?

Over 1.1 billion people on the planet still do not have access to safe drinking water.

What are the locals doing (buying, boiling, drinking raw)? How much does a liter of water cost?

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January 24th, 2008

As a resident, I can vouch that all water that comes out of a tap is drinkable unless there is a sign saying "do not drink". Sometimes recycled water is made available for garden watering. These taps are clearly marked.

I wouldn't ever consider boiling any water from a "potable" tap. I drink water in national parks, but people are always advised to boil this water first. I would only drink water from a creek/river/etc, if I'm fairly sure its source is within a national park or a known, closed source, and if it looks ok. Common sense will usually be ok.

Any distance travel should be done with adequate water for all, as people die in the deserts when their car breaks down, and there's no water. Once again, common sense and planning is essential.

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