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When looking through travel guides and websites, I often see the statement that tap water is not safe in Nicaragua. For example, the US State Department says:

Tap water is not considered safe in Nicaragua. All persons should drink only bottled water.

Expats living in Nicaragua have told me that travelers should only drink bottled water, but only because it's common to get Traveler's Diarrhea (TD) from the water, not because it's dangerous. In fact, they mentioned that it is so highly chlorinated that it's probably very safe (other than the standard results of drinking tap water in a foreign country).

Is tap water in Nicaragua actually dangerous to drink for reasons other than TD, or is that what the various advisories mean when they say it is "not considered safe"?

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As TD can kill (through dehydration, usually) I would definitely consider it unsafe even if that was all you could get.

Your problem is that you don't know what organisms are present in that water. What is it that is giving people TD? Obviously something that isn't prevented with chlorination.

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Yes of course it's safe, but the US embassy keeps saying that probably for extra caution, but water in Nicaragua is as clean as any other Latin american country. Of course it depends where are you getting the water, the case that the embassy might be concerned with is the rural environment where water supply is difficult (which is ironic since Nicaragua has more water resourcces than any other country in Central America).

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My advice? Stay with what your embassy told you. If you live in Nicaragua or Central America you might not be able to have the luxury of paying for bottled water.

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Do you generally drink the Nicaraguan tap water yourself? Do you know foreign tourists who've drunk it without problems (or indeed, with problems)? –  Jonik Dec 27 '11 at 20:34
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of course I do I am one of the guys that doesn't have the option of buying bottle water. I had several US friend who drink from my home tap water without any issue but again follow your embassy advice. I've never seen anyone that had gotten sick by drinking tap water. –  Necronet Dec 27 '11 at 22:02
    
I am from Nicaragua also, we drink the water. My former roomate an american girl came to visit us and while she was here she drank the water. She never had a problem. But I will follow the us embassy as necronet suggested. –  cayerdis May 19 '12 at 16:20

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