Tap Water Safety in Afghanistan

Can you drink the tap water in Afghanistan?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Afghanistan (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

The most commonly searched cities in Afghanistan are:

For a full list of cities in Afghanistan, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization Afghanistan Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 67 percent of Afghanistan have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Afghanistan Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Afghanistan includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited
National
200020094-28%4%
201735530-67%3%
Rural
200015673-22%3%
201726648-57%4%
Urban
20004421-49%5%
20178883-96%1%

What Do People In Afghanistan Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Afghanistan have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility73%High
Water Pollution77%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility27%Low
Water Quality23%Low

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