When it comes to drinking tap water in Gran Canaria, you’ll be glad to know that it is generally safe for consumption. However, many visitors find that the taste of the tap water can be less than desirable. If you’re not a fan of the taste, there are alternative options available. Supermarkets offer a variety of bottled water brands, or you can have water delivered to your accommodation. Another option is to use a filter like Brita to improve the taste of the tap water. Whatever your preference, it’s important to stay hydrated during your stay in Gran Canaria while making the best decision for your health and taste buds.
I’ve been drinking unfiltered tap water for two months and no issues so far. Yes, it tastes crap but I drink it ICE cold, then it has little taste.
Get bottled water delivered
The most common thing to do is to buy bottled water. In all supermarkets you will find the classical bottles which contain 1-1,5 liters but it is much more convenient to buy the bigger ones which hold 5-8 liters each. These 5-8L bottles are harder to pour so it is a good idea adding a top pump that helps pushing water outside the container. There are 2 sizes for the pump hole so make sure to buy the right one, some pumps also include adapters. You can buy these pumps at any bazar or chino for around €1,50.
All those bottles are made of plastic though, so it’s bad for the environment ánd the taste is affected. For those who are willing to spend a bit more for having a good water I suggest glass water bottles from a local company that bottles water from the mountains in Gran Canaria: Aguas de Teror.
I saw a big car from Aguas de Teror in my street today, I talked to the guys and got their WhatsApp and they brought the boxes of glass bottles right in my flat. I am happy and can order anytime via WhatsApp now.
You can get in touch with them on their website www.aguasdeteror.com and they will deliver directly at your house. They sell both natural (sin gas) or sparkling bottled water (con gas). The price for 12 1L bottles is around 5€.
I normally have water delivered from Aguas de Guayadeque. They’re pretty good and deliver to your home too. They accept cash, credit card and Bizum payments.
Some parts of the islands have better tap water than others. Usually in the south tap water is worse and with a metallic taste, instead towards Las Palmas de Gran Canaria quality starts to increase.
Drinking tap water using filters
A good option for those who have a decent tap water and want to drink tap water in Gran Canaria, would be to use a filter. The most common filter that always works is called BRITA, you can buy the BRITA carafe and filters in El Corte Inglés. You can also invest in a filter that is directly attached to your tap. Using BRITA the price of water + filters is almost a half compared to buying 8L containers in Mercadona or other similar supermarkets.
I’ve been drinking tap water here for five years, no problems. I recently started using Brita filter and it does improve the taste a lot.
It’s a common misconception that the water isn’t safe to drink here. It is indeed perfectly safe but just tastes like crap because of whatever treatment they do to make it drinkable, but the Brita filter really does help with the taste.
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