Tap Water Safety in American Samoa

Can you drink the tap water in American Samoa?

In general, no.

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

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

Wikitravel

In many areas of Tutuila, the tap water is not safe for drinking or washing dishes due to E. coli contamination. Check with the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency for details or drink bottled water. A gallon of water can be refilled at machines at many stores for 50 cents, so do not ruin your holiday by taking the chance with the tap water.

World Health Organization American Samoa Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of American Samoa have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 12% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 98% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 American Samoa Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout American Samoa 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
20005812%98%1%
20175613%99%1%
Rural
20006---
20177---
Urban
200051.62---
201749---

What Do People In American Samoa Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of American Samoa 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 Inaccessibility100%High
Water Pollution100%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility0%Low
Water Quality0%Low

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