Is Cairo Tap Water Safe to Drink? (2019)

Tap water in Cairo, Egypt is safe to drink. According to the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, water left their treatment plant is safe for drinking. Quality control adheres to the World Health Organization standard and also monitored by the health ministry.

Cairo Tap Water

Just like ordinary cities, the problem with the water occurs when it travels from the treatment plant to your tap. Researches show that as much as 35 percent of Egypt’s residential water supply leaks into the ground, which says a big deal about the deterioration of city pipes.

Base on the taste, the water in Cairo, use more chlorine than the usual city. The water is hard, and as per taste, you may boil or keep it in the fridge for a few hours to lessen the chlorine taste. For a sensitive stomach, we recommend bottled water to avoid upsetting your tummy.

Source of Water in Cairo, Egypt

The Nile River is the number one source of tap water in Cairo and the whole Egypt. The river provides 56.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water every year, which serves 97% of all renewable water sources in Egypt. The estimated rainfall in Egypt is at 18 mm or 1.8 billion m³ per year. Furthermore, Egypt has four different groundwater aquifers:

  • Nile Aquifer
  • Nubian Sandstone Aquifer
  • Moghra Aquifer
  • Coastal Aquifer

Egypt had 374 local wastewater treatment plants in 2012, handling an average of 10.1 million cubic meters per day. The size of Egypt’s wastewater treatment plants was more than 11 million cubic meters per day, serving more than 18 million people.

Here Are Some of the Local Convenience Stores in Cairo

  • Circle K
  • City Mart
  • Sabra Convenience Store
  • Nacita Autostop
  • On The Run
  • Al Safa
  • Smoking
  • Marina 1
  • Ross El Bahr
  • Habib El Kol Minimarket
  • El Qahera Center
  • Color

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

VolumeLEUSDEURGBP
1.5-liter E£5.03$0.31€0.28£0.24

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