by Victor Sesma
Victor Sesma is an Alicantinian living in London. He is a Software Engineer who likes writing about the city he was born.
Short answer: yes. You can safely drink water from the tap anywhere in Spain. If the water is not drinkable it will be properly informed with a sing. In case of rare and really extreme weather conditions, there might be temporal restrictions to tap water, announced by the city hall and the press. But let’s go into more details about drinkable tap water in Alicante.
Tap water in Alicante is safe and potable. Its quality is regulated by European and Spanish laws as in all European countries. The company that provides the water is called Aguas de Alicante and they have been around in its current legal shape since 1953. They follow all the processes in the regulation. To do so, they are ISO regulated by the relevant standardization norms. They offer the results of the analysis at the bottom of this page.
The places where the water is not drinkable are announced by a “forbidden to drink” sign. The Spanish translation of “non-drinking water” is Agua no potable. Always look for it if you are drinking water from a public space, like a fountain.
Alicante is situated in one of the aridest zones in Spain. Alicantinians have been very imaginative about how to get water since they started living in the area 7000 years ago. Santa Barbara Castle, for example, has several water facilities such as ancients water tanks. Today’s water comes from different sources being:
All this water is cleaned and treated before coming to your tap. The mix of water is different depending on aspects like the season and the needs of the network. Usually, in summer there is more percentage of water coming from the sea than in winter.
The flavour of the water can be very different from one city to another in Spain. Chances are that it will be very different from your country of origin. One of the reasons for this strong flavour is the different sources of water that reach the tap and the chlorine is used to clean it. The season and the amount of rain during the year will affect the mix. For example, winters waters will have a softer flavour than mid-August liquid.
A local -kind of- popular trick for people who mind the flavour is using a filtering jar like, for example, this one. Let’s be honest, Alicante has chalky and hard water. The filtering jar will soften the flavour a little bit and remove some of the mineral salts on it.
Yes. Tap water is drinkable in Alicante.
I hope I have answered the question Is Tap Water Drinkable in Alicante?. If you have an opinion about water in Alicante or you have any other questions about this topic, please, leave a comment below!