Is the tap water in Jamaica safe to drink?” Is one of the most frequently asked questions by my guests. The answer is yes. Actaully, the tap water in Jamaica is of a higher quality than most water in some developed countries. Our tap water comes directly from the rivers and springs throughout the island. According to the Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica has won the prize for the country with the best drinking water 3 years in a row from this region.
Jamaica is one of the first country with pipe water system
I often tell my guests, that Jamaica’s tap water not only taste better than some bottled water but may be of a higher standard. This might come as a surprise to many that stereotype the quality of tap water from developing countries. In fact, a little know historic fact, is that Jamaica is one of the first country in the western hemisphere, this includes United States, to establish a pipe water system. In the year of 1799 the Falmouth Water Works was established to supply the town of Falmouth as well as visiting ship with fresh water supply. The Martha Brea River was tapped as its source. This river is still used today to supply tapped water. Currently opperated by the National Water Commission.
Some Caribbean Islands do not have rivers or springs and water supply comes from desalting the sea water. This process leave the water with a harsh taste and an unpleasant taste. In such islands drinking bottled water is a must.
Jamaica on the other hand has over 100 rivers. Consequently, our water is almost just as good as bottled. The Crusie ships that come to our port fill up with our tap water without hasitation.
Bottled water is in great abundance on the island. There are numerous local companies ” tapping ” into this market utilizing natural spring and stream to produce an even higher quality of drinking water. So weather bottled or tap water have a drink om us.