You should not drink tap water in Albania. You might be used to drinking tap water in your home country but try to avoid drinking tap water in Albania. It’s not healthy.
The tap water in Tirana and other cities of Albania is very clear but it holds a high amount of chlorine. Chlorine affects its taste and might cause you illnesses such as stomach cramps. On the other hand tap water in Albania is safe to wash your teeth. Locals also use tap water for washing their dishes and cooking.
But in some areas, for example in mountainous rural areas, tap water is safe to drink so always check with the locals.
For extra safety,I suggest you buy bottled mineral water instead of drinking tap water in Albania.
What are the best water companies to buy from in supermarkets in Albania?
There are tens of water companies that operate in the Albanian market. The best water companies to buy from in supermarkets in Albania, according to my opinion and experience as a local, are:
The company “Lajthiza Invest” sh.a was established in 1999, but it has invested since 1996 in the North-Eastern part of Albania in production and packing natural water.
Lajthiza water is continually controlled by State bodies of Hygiene and Agencies and Consumer Protection.
It is certified by quality control HACCP and it is certified and controlled by the Institute “Fresenius “, located in Munich, Germany.
When it comes to the water quality, Lajthiza is guaranteed by absolute filtration with bottom filters 02 Micron (2/10000 mm) without using any other technological intervention or correction that filters and interrupts the filtration process automatically.
The entire subtropical waterway of this water is a process that cannot be accelerated, interrupted or changed.
According to the Lajthiza Company, the source of the water is so pure and natural that it does not need to be protected or treated in other ways.
This comes due to the fact that the area where the water springs is a fully green beech forest that preserves the water source from the contamination of external, natural or man-made factors.
This area is mostly surrounded by the mountain “Mali Roshit”, from which springs the wonderful water that pours freely in the village of Lajthize.
The mountain is fed with rain, rain precipitations and melting glaciers throughout the year, creating an immense hydrogeological formation (water-carrying pond).
The composition of the earth from which the water flow has a volcanic origin of black magmatic rocks.
Their cargo in the depths of the earth and the sandy layers of this massif make this source a magnificent natural maximum filtration.
The company “Uji i Ftohtë Tepelenë” was created in 1996 but, it started production activity in 1998.
There are installed all the equipment necessary for the control of both the physical-chemical characteristics as well as to perform all bacteriological analyzes in the laboratory of quality control.
In the Tepelene Water, the factory has done over 800 laboratory controls per week, to ensure product quality offered to consumers.
Tepelene water is bacteriologically clean and under European Community legislation, it is classified as Oligomineral Water advisable for diets at low amounts of sodium.
Tepelene began its export in Greece in 2003, only a year after it began its export in Italy, United Kingdom, Macedonia, and Kosovo. Moreover in 2011 Tepelene began its export in the USA.
Moreover, the company also offers sparkling water and Tepelene Vitamin Active and Tepelene Vitamin Wellness. The last two are vitamin natural water with multifunctional ingredients that are very useful for all types of human bodies.
Glina mineral water company has been in the Albanian market ever since the communistic regime. It springs from the unique Glina source which is located 25 km / 15.5343 miles away from the city of Gjirokaster.
Glina is a sparkling water company that is well known by traditional medicine for its curative effects.
The first scientific study that shed light on its curative values was done by the Graz University in 1939 in Austria. Other studies between 1948 and 2008 have found that water has a stable composition.
It is certified with the ISO 9001:2015 / ISO 22000:2005 International Standard Certifications. Glina is exported to the USA, EU, Canada, and the Balkans.
Besides using Glina as a form to quench thirst, it can also be used for the prevention of kidney stones, treatment of metabolic, digestive tract and urinary tract diseases.
Also, it is rich in calcium, which is a very important mineral for having healthy bones.
Qafshtama water factory is distributed under the EHW umbrella brand with sub-brand “Qafshtama”.
It is a very light natural mineral spring water that flows from the high peaks of the Qafshtama Mountain in Albania, near the city of Kruja.
It is suitable for diets poor in sodium and healthy alimentary regimes. It also helps to prevent cardiovascular problems and keeping a strong healthy heart.
The water gets bottled at the factory after going through an accurate filtration process, which guarantees absolute microbiological purity.
Fun fact: In 1932, the royal Albanian family named “Zog” decided to examine several natural water springs in the country to be able to choose among them the source they would take water from for home consumption.
After a couple of Physico-chemical tests in well-known European laboratories, they chose among several water sources in Albania the source of Qafshtama Mountain.
That same year, a famous fountain collecting water streams flowing down from the mountain was inaugurated by Countess Geraldine of Hungary, wife of the first Albanian king Ahmet Zog and first Queen of the Albanians.
Since then, the source was named after the Queen and is still known as the Mother Queen’s Source, veiling.
Trebeshina LTD is a Natural Mineral Water bottling company, part of “HARI LENA GROUP” companies. Even though the first concepts and ideas for Trebeshina were first raised in 2006, the company started to operate in 2009.
Trebeshina factory is located in a narrow cleft of a valley, nestling in the southern Kelcyre Mountains and the National Park.
Each droplet of the natural, mineral water of Trebeshina begins with the fall of the rain and the melting of the snow from the mountains of Trebeshina.
The water then derives from the depth of the mountain range Trebeshina, where pure water flows directly out of the mountain after a deep underground journey untouched by the human hand and bottled directly from the source.
The water packaging is realized through a PET line offered by a German company “KRONES AG”.
According to the company, the Trebeshina factory is done rigorous tests every day, in order to make sure that the delivered water is as pure as it was intended to be by nature.
The journey from the source to the bottle is carefully monitored in order to ensure that every bottle is exactly in the same perfect condition and the water retains its original characteristics.
Trebeshina water has been analyzed and awarded for its purity and insuperable quality by:
- German Analytical Institute Reitzler GmbH
- TUV Rheinland CERT with ISO 9001-HACCP 22000
- Albanian Health Institute
- Greek Public Health Institute
How much does the water cost in Albania?
There are several kinds of water packaging in Albania and the cost of water depends on what kind of bottle you need.
Around Tirana and other cities in Albania, you will be able to find different formats of water bottles such as:
- 0.33 L = 50 Lek / 0.35 Euro
- 0.5 L = 50 Lek / 0.35 Euro
- 0.75 L = 60-70 Lek / 0.5-0.6 Euro
- 1.5 L = 60-70 Lek / 0.5-0.6 Euro
- 2.0 L = 60-70 Lek / 0.5-0.6 Euro
- 2.5 L = 80-100 Lek / 0.65-0.8 Euro
- 5 L = 100-120 Lek / 0.8-1 Euro
- 10 L = 120-150 Lek / 1-1.2 Euro
The prices vary depending on brand and size, from 30 ALL / 0.27 Euro up to 150 ALL / 1.2 Euro.
How to save money on water in Albania?
If your stay in Albania will last a couple of days and you will stay in a hotel, I suggest you buy 5 liters of water bottles. If you plan different activities around Albania that will last for hours it is best to buy a 1.5-liter wattle bottle instead of a 0.5 liter one because it will last longer and they cost pretty much the same.
By doing this you will have to carry around in your backpack a larger water bottle but at the same time, it will save you more money.
When you are at the supermarket see the prices very carefully because there are some companies that have higher prices for the same amount of water that other companies sell to customers.
For example, during my time in Albania, a local told me that the brand “Santa Mara” offers 10 liters water bottles that cost only 100 ALL / 0.8 Euro, meanwhile other brands offer 5 liters water bottles for the same exact price. This helped me save some money.
Also at different bars, if you order coffee or macchiato you don’t need to order a water bottle too because the bars offer water for free. But, if you decide to order water at different bars or restaurants keep in mind that the prices will be higher than in supermarkets.
To sum it up it will be safer for you to not drink tap water in Albania and instead buy 5 or 10 liters water bottles in supermarkets. There you will be able to find your favorite type of water, whether if it is sparkly, natural or vitamin water.