I will be travelling to Moscow, Russia and I want to fill my water bottle at my accommodation (no built-in filters). I have been hearing some myths that this tap water is unclean and unsafe to drink.

Is this true? Is the tap water safe to drink in Moscow?

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I don’t have any scientific studies or anything like that to back this up, but second-hand experience: my wife is from (and currently lives in) Moscow.

Neither she nor any of her family/friends drink tap water unless there’s a filter installed. It’s not so bad that you’re likely to end up in hospital after taking a sip, but drinking unfiltered tap water is generally avoided and considered unwise.

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    It also tastes pretty awful usually.
    – alamar
    Commented Oct 17, 2019 at 10:24

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