Is Johannesburg Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:08 am, May 11, 2020

Can you drink tap water in Johannesburg?

The tap water in Johannesburg, South Africa is safe to drink. Tap water in Johannesburg is reported to be some of the most reliable and cleanest in the world.

Johannesburg Tap Water
Skyline Johannesburg, South Africa

Tap water undergoes treatment which guarantees it is free of dangerous micro-organisms and contaminants. In some regions, South African drinking water is rich in minerals.

Avoid, drinking water from streams and rivers, particularly in areas where there is human habitation. Rivers and streams may carry water-borne diseases. But if you find unpolluted mountain steam, a drink would be most refreshing!

Contaminated water can be sanitized by boiling for 10 minutes, or by adding a teaspoon of bleach per 25 liters or a teaspoon of chlorine granules per 200 liters. In both cases, let the water to stand for 2 hours. Another approach is to expose water to direct sunlight for at least 6 hours in a translucent container with a small airspace, shaking after filling and every hour after that.

Source of Water in Johannesburg, South Africa

In the 19th century, Johannesburg tap water comes from the groundwater of the Zuurbekom Well. Water from the well was of such good quality that it didn’t need any purification. Due to the growing population, the water from Zuurbekom Wells could no longer supply the increasing demand. Another became the Vaal River to the south of Johannesburg.

In 1938 the Vaal Dam was built upstream of the Vaal River Barrage Reservoir, which is now the primary source of water. Rivers such as the Vaal, Klip, and Wilge Rivers naturally flow into the Vaal Dam. These rivers flow through agricultural land and rural settlements with very little industry. The Vaal Dam is of good quality by international standards. The Vaal River is one of the major rivers in South Africa, but runoff does not pose a large problem.

Current Weather in Johannesburg


Some of the Convenience Stores in Johannesburg

Fresh Stop Convenience Store
Fresh Stop Convenience Store
  • Shell Shop
  • Pete’s Convenience Store
  • FreshStop at Caltex Rouxville
  • Rite Price Supermarket & Wholesale
  • Yummy Mayfair
  • bp shop
  • Bruma 24 Hrs Quick Shop
  • Anilaa Tuck Shop
  • Magnum Stores
  • Bafana Bafana Tuck Shop
  • Quick Shop
  • Triple T Easy Buy Store
  • New Supersave Supermarket

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

1.5-liter15.75 R$1.04€0.95£0.84
500ml9.48 R$0.63€0.57£0.51

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