Spanish tap water quality

spanish tap water quality

Is the tap water in Spain safe to drink?

Ministerio de Sanidad is responsible for the quality of the tap water in Spain. According to them 99.5% of all public tap water in Spain is potable (safe to drink) although this doesn’t necessarily mean that it tastes god.  Read more.

Every local provider has to report certified lab tests every 6 months resulting in over 40 million reports per year. To see where the water comes from in your area, when it was last tested and tests carried out see Sinac. Also see when the water was last tested in your region through MSSSI.

All water companies within the EU are obliged to provide public information and water test reports about the quality of the water.

There is no public source for water quality results so we’ve collected a list of the major water suppliers across Spain as well as public statements of citizens in each region below:

– A Coruña: Click here

– Alicante: Click here

– Barcelona: Click here

– Bilbao: Click here

– Córdoba: Click here

– Elche: Click here

– Gijón: Click here

– Granada: Click here

– Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Click here

– Madrid: Click here

– Málaga: Click here

– Murcia: Click here

– Palma de Mallorca: Click here

– Seville: Click here

– València: Click here

– Valladolid: Click here

– Vigo: Click here

– Vitoria-Gasteiz: Click here

– Zaragoza: Click here

Let us know if you don’t get a response from your local water company.

Is the water safe in your part of Spain?

We collected over 100 reports on the Spanish tap water quality in each area. Search for your city/region here.

Why does the water taste so much chlorine?

To deliver safe and clean drinking water to your faucet, free chlorine or in some cases chloramine is added. The chlorine has no impact on your health, but may give the water a poor taste and smell. The amount of chlorine added varies significantly by location and time of the year as well as the water source, temperature and other factors‎. Therefore the taste also varies a lot throughout the year.

Chlorine is also added to most bottled water for safety reasons. Check the label for more information.

Who regulates the drinking water in Spain?

In Spain all drinking water, whether from public supplies or other sources, has to meet standards laid down in the EU Drinking Water Directive (98/83/EC). It is the duty of each EU member state government to translate the requirements of the directive into local laws, which must as a minimum meet the requirements of EU legislation. This is implemented through the Royal Decree 140/2003 in Spain by which health criteria for water quality for drinking.

The EU and Spanish standards are based on advice from the World Health Organization – through the WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality, which are regularly updated to take account of new knowledge.

How do I test my water for knowing the Spanish tap water quality:

Even if your local water company delivers drinkable water there is a risk that your water gets contaminated along the way to your tap. Could be due to old pipes or leakage. Therefore you might want to test the water coming out from your tap if you suspect an issue.

There are numerous quality control laboratories water consumption both public and private. Under current legislation, the Ministry made an official census of control laboratories water consumption in Spain. You can consult the list of laboratories in the website of the Ministry. But first you should ask your water company for a water report.

Summary

1. The tap water in Spain is generally of high quality but tastes and smells poor in some areas mostly due to the chlorine being added.

2. There are areas in Spain where the pipelines are old and/or exposed to contamination or where the water comes from a source which is unsuitable for drinking and the water should be filtered.

3. There is cheap and efficient technology such as granular activated carbon (GAC) to filter out chlorine, other unwanted substances from tap water to make it taste better.