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is water in greece purified and safe to drink?

By Traveller August 29, 2018
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is water in greece purified and safe to drink?

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By Karen Traveller August 29, 2018

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Depending on the region yes.
Water in Athens and Thessaloniki and other big cities is safe to drink.
In most small islands it is not. When in doubt buy bottled water and ask the locals of the area you are staying if they drink tap or bottled water.
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Local August 29, 2018
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Yes, the water in the city of Athens comes from the Marathon Lake on the northern part of the region and is purified by the enterprise that is also responsible for its distribution. And yes it is safe to drink and I personally find it quite tasty! Of course, there are plenty of brands of bottled water for every taste!!
Local September 2, 2018
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Big cities yes, villages and islands no!
Local Expert February 15, 2019
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Hello Karen,
Depends on the area. In Athens, is considered as purified and safe to drink.
Bottled water though is quite cheap on the Supermarkets, please also note and be aware that there is a ceiling price for bottled water in Greece in general (0.50 Euros for a small bottle of 0.5 liter ,or one 1 Euro for a big one 1.5 liters). Thank you !
Local Ambassador September 4, 2018
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Absolutely safe, you can drink it.
Traveller September 1, 2018
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absolutely yes! Athens has excellent tap water!
Local August 29, 2018
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You will not have a problem with water in most areas. It is clean and drinkable. In certain islands you might face a problem but you will be told immediately and be able to find a huge variety of bottled water practically everywhere.
Local August 29, 2018
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Yes, it is!
Local August 29, 2018
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...But not on the islands, only in Athens
in Athens is drinkable, as most of the other places ( but for sure ask the locals..not the restaurants..)
Local August 29, 2018
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in Athens it is totally safe .. in other parts of Greece you should ask the locals..
Local August 29, 2018
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Hi there! Not sure what you mean by purified. It is drinkable water. Most people drink directly from the tap. Although there are some who have filters or drink bottled water. But you can safely drink from the tap. Hope i could help!
Local August 29, 2018
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Yes if course it is in athens
Local August 29, 2018
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There is no single answer for Greece as a whole. I would say mostly YES. In fact Athens is a city that to scores very high in terms of the water quality in Europe according to studies published in 2017 in the Urban Water Atlas for Europe.

If you are going to the islands or smaller towns, you will have to ask the people there. Greeks are generally quite informed about these matters, so they should be able to give you a conclusive answer.
Local August 29, 2018
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