Tap water is bottled from river water

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.


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