Can I drink tap water in Málaga?

Can I drink tap water in Málaga?

Yes, you can drink the tap water in Malaga. The tap water in Malaga and surrounding areas is safe and healthy to drink.

Many people choose bottled water due to taste preference. However, there is no scientific evidence that bottled water is healthier. If you don’t like the taste of tap water, try an affordable water filter such as TAPP 2.

Here’s a short comparison between tap and other sources of drinking water.

Tap water in Málaga

Malaga’s tap water which is of high quality comes from two sources. During most of the year it comes from reservoirs but in the summer and during droughts, this is complemented by desalinated water.

The water is tested every day according to strict international water quality standards, and results are published by the local water company Emasa. See for more information about how to read the water quality report.

The only real concerns about tap water in Malaga are potential microplastics and old pipes.

Both sources provide high quality water, although desalinated water may taste more chlorinated than usual. For the desalinated water you may therefore want to use a water filter like TAPP 2 for better taste.

This especially makes a big difference for tea and coffee lovers. In this post we already talked about the importance of using good water to prepare a perfect cup of tea.

Get a refillable water bottle such as Retap and fill it up from your home or fountains instead of buying bottled water.

Tap water in Málaga: Water fountains

Generally the water fountains in Malaga offer high quality drinking water. The government is obliged to inform citizens if the water is not drinkable. Fill up your own bottle. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and it’s free!

Can I drink tap water in Málaga?

Bottled water

Bottled water is cheap and usually comes from excellent local sources such as the Sierras. Unfortunately there are also a lot of international water brands being brought in with a much greater carbon footprint.

The local Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) frequently reminds us that all the municipal water is drinking water, and says that it costs them so much to dispose/recycle plastic bottles that they would prefer us to drink tap water.

Malaga has a good recycling system but many people and public places like restaurants don’t recycle adequately. Therefore most plastic ends up in landfills and consequently in the groundwater, rivers and the oceans as micro plastic pollution.

If you have to drink bottled water, then choose glass bottles.

Tap water in Málaga: In summary

  • Tourists and residents can safely drink the local tap water throughout Malaga as long as it’s from public water sources.
  • Avoid consuming plastic bottled water as it pollutes the local environment and oceans.
  • Help saving the future supply of water in Andalusia by reducing water consumption.


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3 thoughts on “Can I drink tap water in Málaga?”

  1. In Málaga, the desalination plant is not for sea water, is for water from the Guadalhorce river, that is high in salt content (not as much as sea water). This plant improve the taste of drinking water that nowadays is one of the best.
    So is not useful for droughts.

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