Experts tell you why you should never drink the hotel’s tap water

Be careful what you drink in your hotel room before you go.

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), has asked holidaymakers to stop drinking tap water in their rooms. Two years of very little to no use could have resulted in germs and bugs in our system.


A very grim secret could be hidden in your hotel room tapsCredit: Getty

Jérôme Logie, from the Water Division at NSF, has claimed that water supplies now pose a real risk to travellers that may not have existed previously.

Logie was quick in reminding people about the importance of staying hydrated. However, he advised anyone who is going to be traveling to make sure that their water comes from safe and reliable sources.

He said: “After such an extended period with low to no travel, hotels and their water supplies now pose a significant risk to travellers, something many aren’t aware of.

“Water and good hydration are essential, but there is a real risk from potentially lethal bacteria that can thrive in stagnant water, such as in unused hotel pipes.

“Add to that a build-up of germs and varying international standards of filtration, and you can see why travellers must be water-smart to ensure they can enjoy prettier sights than their hotel bathroom.”

To help people avoid illnesses, the NSF has put together a list of top tips for staying safe when drinking water abroad this summer.

Don’t trust the tap water in your hotel bathroom

No matter how desperate you are for a cool drink of water in the middle of the night, do not resort to drinking from the bathroom tap.

Potential breeding ground for harmful microorganisms is hotel plumbing E.Coli, as water in unoccupied hotel rooms can remain stagnant in pipes for days, weeks or even months. Travel opportunities have been limited for almost two years. This summer, be especially cautious if you are planning to travel.

Hot = Good

Many hotels heat their water to 55 degrees+ to kill any micro-organisms that might be present – which is why you will often encounter ‘Warning: hot water!’ signs.

While you might be seeking a cooldown, this hot water will be much better for your holiday enjoyment overall.

In larger resorts and hotel chains, companies have their own corporate standards for water management, and some even have water treatment facilities on-site to ensure quality, so the absence of a hot water warning sign shouldn’t be a red flag, as long as travellers exercise their own caution.

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You should be cautious not only in your hotel room, but also in the hotel’s restaurant.

While places like Europe have a very good safety record for water, other countries may not.

To avoid encountering any water woes, play it safe and make simple switches such as asking for bottled soft drinks rather than a jug of water to accompany a meal.

Consider asking for drinks without ice, and avoiding washed salads.

If it’s cloudy, it’s contaminated

Detecting bacteria in clear water is impossible but never, ever drink cloudy water.

If you are travelling to a remote location where bottled water is not available, certified devices and equipment can be used. Here are some examples:

  • Strobe lights can kill bacteria
  • For heavy metal removal, you can also use portable filters.
  • Chlorine pills, although not perfect, can be a convenient way to make drinking water safe
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Experts warn that water is not the only danger in a hotel room.

Another expert revealed the best hotel rooms to book in order to avoid a restless night.

If in doubt, always opt for bottles water at your hotel


If you are unsure, always ask for bottles of water at your hotelCredit: Getty


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