Is tap water in Chania safe to drink?

Crete is a self-sufficient place in potable water. Freshwater is coming straight from the White Mountains and Psiloritis, two nature blessed mountain formations, assuring the water adequacy for the whole region.

The west part of the island is relatively wetter than the east side, and the mountains get more rainfalls over the year. The drinking water sources for the north side of Chania prefecture are groundwater, lakes, and natural springs at the foothills of the White Mountains. In the southern parts of Chania, drinking water originates from local groundwater wells.

This natural gift is managed by the local municipalities responsible for providing water services. In the most populated areas, two companies, the Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Chania, known as DEYACh and the Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of the Northern axis of Platanias known as DEYAVA. are providing excellent drinking water quality; they have good water treatment, monitoring and well-maintained distribution networks. The rest of the municipalities of Chania, with small populations, are supported by the companies mentioned above, perhaps with no so extensive monitoring system. To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the municipalities chlorinate the water before distribution to the public water systems.

DEYACh and  DEYAVA are continuously publishing the water quality control results on their official websites; to see these data click here.

Issues to consider, especially for the remote areas, is that the water tanks and the distribution systems are old and sometimes poorly maintained.

So, as a rule of thumb, tap water is safe to drink almost anywhere in Chania prefecture; it is potable and of excellent quality. The tap water taste is also magnificent in most areas. You would hardly find water better than Chania’s water!

If you do not want to drink the tap water where you are staying, you can buy the local bottled water; however, always consider the consequences of the plastic rubbish environmental pollution and that the energy footprint is considerably more for the bottled.


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