Safe drinking water for tourists – tap or bottled water?
“Is tap water in Sri Lanka is safe for drinking?” Trip2Lanka editor asked this question from Sri Lankan official Tourism Hotline 1912 and checked several travel advisory websites and this information is useful if you wish to travel on a Holiday or official trip to Sri Lanka.
Normally Sri Lankan drinking (tap water) is purified in water purification systems, and locals drink tap water without boiling or filtering. National Water Supply & Drainage Board is the government agency responsible for providing safe drinking water and facilitating the provision of sanitation in Sri Lanka.
However if you are a short term visitor/ tourist to Sri Lanka, it is always better to drink bottled water (natural mineral water) approved by Sri Lankan Standards Institute (Valid permit holders with SLSI drinking bottled water standards at 2013 January).
If you are staying in a star class hotel or registered Hotel listed by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, then the tap water may of good standard but always ask from the Hotel on the quality of the drinking water.
You can also try local drink, Coconut water, as an alternative to water. Throughout Sri Lanka coconut water is sold by street vendors, often cut in front of customers to ensure freshness of its water