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Kathya de Chong of Alto Boquete Condominios – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Brook in Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes it is safe to drink the water in Panama, right out of the tap.
 
One of the major problems of the worldwide population is potable water and still in Panama we can say it is plenty safe to drink water from the tap.  Of course usage of filters is recommended for water in the countryside or even if you live in Panama City and have a water reserve system.  Here in Chiriquí (the province in Panama where Boquete is located), it is common to receive some sand within the water in the rainy season but it is solved with a good filter system for the kitchen taps.
 
 
Ron Hunter of Finca Cazador – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Finca Cazador in Western Panama, near the Costa Rica border – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI’ve spent a lot of time in Mexico where I wouldn’t drink most of the water. In Panama, I’d drink water anywhere with no exceptions. When I go to Panama City or to David, I can just drink the water out of the tap.
 
My farm in Chiriquí, Finca Cazador in Western Panama near the Costa Rica border has its own internal private water system, however. We don’t use the municipal water not because it’s unsafe, but because I just prefer to have my own water. We get our water out of a 140-foot deep well through volcanic strata. 
 
I want my own water out of the well because I control it, and I know the resource. I know the aquifer where the water is coming from. I consider water everywhere as questionable, as I do in the United States where water is highly chlorinated and contains other chemicals that I prefer not to ingest. 
 
Any municipal water system is subject to purification and decontamination. Water here in Chiriquí comes from a pristine aquifer 140 feet from where ours is. We have a huge 12,000-gallon storage tank where water is pumped up to and held, and then water comes back down under gravity. That is why even in the event of a power outage, we still have water to our house. 
 
(Pictured: Finca Cazador in Western Panama, near the Costa Rica border.)
Bill Hamilton of Bill Hamilton – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
In general, it is safe to drink the water in Panama and it is very good water. However, it depends on where you are.
 
We had no problems with drinking water in Panama City, when we lived there. And we have no problems in Calobre, either. (Calobre is where we live now, out in the country.)  In Calobre, we have municipal water, but we also have a well, which we haven’t gotten to operating yet.
 
Municipal water is fine water and it costs $5 a month.
Esteban Guerra of EPA Español en Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The quality of the water here in Panama City is quite high, so anybody can drink water from the taps in their homes. There is good infrastructure throughout Panama City; it is safe to drink water right out of the tap even in the poorest areas.
Antonio Cheng – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
It is safe to drink the water in Panama, both in Panama City and in the countryside. I drink water straight from the tap and have no problems at all.
Terry Bradford of Origen Real Estate Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Panamanians in the interior drinking safe water – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, it is safe to drink the water in Panama. We live in Panama City and the water here comes from the Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. We drink water right out of the tap just like anyone else. Whenever we go back to the States and drink water there, the first thing that comes to my mind is "chemicals." The water there tastes like chemicals, especially water in the state of California. All I can think of is petroleum when I drink water there, whereas here in Panama, the water from the tap tastes like it came from the Niagara Falls.

(The picture is of Panamanians in the "interior" drinking fresh, safe water.)

When you ask for water in a restaurant here in Panama, you should ask for a glass of water instead of a bottle of water. You can say “agua Chagres con hielo” which means "water (from the Charges River) with ice" and when you say it that way, they know that you come from around here.
Ricki-Lee Joyce of Panama Travel Unlimited – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, within the main cities of Panama, it's safe to drink the water.  However, in the outside areas and the Islands such as San Blas and Las Perlas, you would drink bottled water.
 
Bottled water is pretty cheap in Panama, from 50 cents to $1 for a small bottle, $1.50 to $2.00 for a liter, and under $4.00 for a gallon! On San Blas and Las Perlas the water will cost around $2 for a small bottle, so if you are going on a tour for a few days to these islands I suggest taking a gallon of bottled water with you, if your budget is tight! 
Shai Gold of International-Triage Medical Networks – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

The answer to the question about the safety of the drinking water in Panama is not a resounding YES.  While the quality of the water is SAFER than in many other LATAM countries, the water in Panama is heavily chlorinated.  In some areas it has a discernable mineral content and in other areas the water color reflects the age of the water pipes.... Another problem is that when water supply is halted, or when pressure is low, there are no assurances that the quality has ben maintained. 
 
The main challenge faced by people who really care about what they ingest is that there is a lack of transparency about the natural quality/mineral content and additives what actually goes in to the water.   
 
The key concern of the authorities is POTABLE WATER and ACTUAL DISTRIBUTION.  When the considerations are this rudimentary, it is HIGHLY ADVISE ABLE to use home filters for the main line, or in kitchen and shower. PUR makes inexpensive faucet and shower filters with a snap on mechanism that is easy to install.  It is available in Home Depot in the USA but not in Panama.  If you buy it in the USA, be sure to purchase several replacement filters.
 
On a positive note, many people claim that they drink tap water and it is "just fine".
 
I hope that the answer helps.

Lori Snow of Condor Tours & Travel, Inc – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
We call our water the Chagres Champagne as it is excellent water. Once you drink it you will return to Panama.  The water treatment facility is state of the art in the city. However,  away from Panama City and into the interior or if you have not traveled much you may want to do bottled water. You can brush your teeth without any issues.  Also most restaurants offer an additional level of filtering so you can easily drink the water without any concern.   
Jennifer Croston of Join Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Drinking water in Panama City is safe, as is the water in most other parts of the country.

It is very important to understand how does the water supply work in Panama: Water in Panama is provided by a governmental institution called Instituto de Acueductos y Alcantaeillados Nacional  (IDAAN)

Water in Panama is safe to drink, and tap water is safe throughout most of Panama as well. The only exceptions I can mention, is in Bocas del Toro province on the Caribbean coast, where bottled water is necessary and also in San Blas. Bottled water is readily available and affordable.

References: According to the Water Law, the Instituto de Acueductos y Alcantaeillados Nacional (IDAAN) is responsible for water and sanitation services in urban areas with more than 1,500 inhabitants, thus preventing decentralization to municipalities. The only exception is the municipality of Boquete (a town in Chiriquí province), which manages its own water supply and sanitation system.

There are approximately 3,300 water supply systems in rural areas, of which 1,800 are managed by Juntas Administrativas de Acueductos Rurales (JAARs) or Rural Water Boards. The remaining are managed by Health Committees.

Nelson Vega of Panasurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Until very recently I worked on a project with a European family establishing a business in Panama.  I worked with them for over a year, and upon their arrival to Panama the water quality was one of their main concerns, especially because they had kids.  At the beginning they were hesitant to drink pipe water since they thought it was unsafe, but eventually they lost their fear of it and started trying it without a problem.
 
In general water in Panama is of an exceptional quality (with only a few exceptions in some small towns in the countryside where it is only recommended to drink bottled water).  I can speak for most places of Chiriqui Province and in Panama City where I live, and I can say that it is safe to drink the water the comes right out of the tap.
 
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
When the Canal was constructed in 1914, the United States had its very own water plant.  At that time Panama was not yet developed, and it was very helpful.  For that reason, Panama has traditionally been the country with the best water in the American continent.
 
After the Panamanians got the full administration of the canal, Panama water continues to be excellent, and everybody drinks it from the tap.  Some people, though, buy bottled water.  In non accessible areas, like mountains, little towns, dirty places or islands, it is always advisable not to drink water from the tap.
Judith Tovar of Easy Travel Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
It is safe to drink water in Panama.   The water in Panama City comes from the Chagres River and I would say it is the some of the best water in the world.
 
The only places where I would not drink the water from the faucet is in far out places like San Blas, where they do not have the filtering facilities needed.
 
In all the bigger cities like David, Boquete, Chitre, etc...you will have NO problem drinking our water.
 
This also means you have NO problem eating our vegetables which are washed in our wonderful water. 
 
Col Davis Stevenson RET of Condor Tours & Travel, Inc – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
 Is the water in  Panama safe to drink and the answer is yes while in Panama City. For  many years the United States Government drew water from the Chagres River and purified the water. This water is safe to drink and we tell people that once you drink the Chagres you will be back. If you are out of the city and in the interior of the country it is suggested that you drink bottled water.

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