1. Tripadvisor says that is okay to drink.

  2. The EU Parliament letter reported the absence of asbestos pipes in Greece.

I wonder does Athens have similar to Tallinn initiative of eco-friendly catering facilities to offer their customers tap water instead of bottled water?

Much appreciate official data sources if possible.

Thank you

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    Asbestos cement pipes for carrying water aren't really a health risk. Asbestos is dangerous if it gets into your lungs (as is water...)
    – Midavalo
    Dec 1, 2023 at 17:12
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    Tap water is safe to drink all over the EU and many other European countries. It might taste awfully (especially on mediterranean islands) but is safe. Dec 4, 2023 at 10:01
  • Second @Midavalo. Asbestos in water is not a concern any more than asbestos in undisturbed tiles is. Asbestos is only a concern when it is airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs.
    – A. R.
    Dec 4, 2023 at 14:52
  • How is this travel related?
    – AussieJoe
    Dec 4, 2023 at 17:55
  • This is travel related because visitors to an area need to ask about it while people living in the area already know and will be warned about changes.
    – Willeke
    Dec 4, 2023 at 18:01

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It's technically safe to drink, specially in Athens. However, depending where you live it might have more chlorine (and chlorine taste) than you are used to. Which is just a taste problem, not a health one.
Contrary to what was said in the comments there are some Greek islands where drinking tap water is not recommended.
Also Greece have fairly cheap bottled water, and in restaurants water is always the cheapest item in the menu.

  • There are islands where the tap water reportedly tastes very bad, coming from deep wells, with high mineral content including sodium. But I've never seen warnings on health grounds, only on taste. When you say "not recommended" what do you actually mean?
    – Stuart F
    Dec 8, 2023 at 11:03
  • It's about this report: oecd.org/environment/resources/… and also anecdotal evidence (not real evidence). To be honest it doesn't seem like it's unhealthy to drink, but it doesn't show much certainty either.
    – André
    Dec 8, 2023 at 23:41

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