Can you drink the water in the Dominican Republic? Not yet but .....
Updated: Nov 13, 2022
Update October -2021
Watergen expands its presence in Latin America with the first-ever Watergen device in the Dominican Republic. The GEN-M was presented to top government representatives, who are seeking solutions to the water challenges in the country.
According to SoleaWater Organization "With nearly 10 million people, the Dominican Republic is the second-most populous country in the Caribbean after Cuba. According to the World Bank, only 74% of its inhabitants have access to clean water – a major reason the cholera outbreak of November 2010 proved so deadly. While access in urban areas is higher than in rural ones, informal shantytowns outside of major cities routinely lack the sanitation needed to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases.
In the Dominican Republic, 84% of the total population had access to "improved" water, 86% of the urban population, and 81% of the rural population. As for sanitation, 84% of the total population, 86% and 76%, urban and rural respectively, had access to "improved" sanitation.
The Worldbank published "The Dominican Republic has impressive coverage of basic water and sanitation service: 95 and 82 percent, respectively, mirroring regional statistics. Yet high coverage does not translate into high-quality services. Only 15 percent of the inventoried water systems practiced chlorination, and discontinuity of water supply and rationing is reportedly common, ranging from 1.5 to 10.5 hours per day. Only 53 percent of the water treatment plants and 26 percent of the wastewater plants are operating adequately.
The poor quality of services derives to an extent from a lack of clarity in the institutional and legal framework with respect to policymaking, financing, tariffs, and service provision. Despite some modernization efforts intended to create a lead agency and a new water law, benefits have been slow to materialize. Additionally, the lack of wastewater treatment poses a threat to water resources used for human and agricultural consumption and for recreation in tourist areas."
Can you drink water in the Dominican Republic?
No, it is not safe to drink tap water in the DR, as it is not purified. Always drink bottled water, available in abundance at your resort or in neighborhood stores and supermarkets. How can I get to the Dominican Republic?
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