Tourist Tip #28 / Israeli Tap Water

Despite the Israeli obsession with bottled water, the tap water in Israel is safe to drink, even for tourists from other countries.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that one of the most important things you need to do during a hot summer’s day is to stay well hydrated. When traveling, clean water can be a major concern, as the last thing you want on your vacation is to get ill from drinking from a contaminated source.

Luckily the tap water in Israel is safe to drink, and a recent study has also shown a marked improvement in its quality. At the same time, it can take on a distinct flavor, which may explain the popularity of mineral water in Israel, with many homes buying bottled water or using filters. You can see clear evidence of this phenomenon if you just take a stroll through the city streets, where plastic bottle recycling points are a common sight. But personal taste preferences aside, you can rest assured that drinking the water is safe and poses no risks to your health.