Tap Water Safety in Botswana

Last Update8:51 pm, May 8, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

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Can you drink the tap water in Botswana?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Botswana (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in Botswana think about the tap water?

Stick to bottled water, and purify any river water before drinking it.

Wikitravel

Throughout Botswana the tap water is safe to drink (this general advise is taken with care, as it varies considerably depending on the area - so make sure you ask locals and travelers alike before drinking it!). Good fruit juice is hard to find (South African 100% juice blends are the norm) although Spar do a range of good juices. The national beer, St Louis, is often derided by foreigners as being worse than domestic US lagers. Most opt for Namibian or South African imports.Bottle stores are widely found in most places, and even regular, slightly bigger supermarkets are allowed to sell booze.

How do People In Botswana Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Botswana 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 42% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 40% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 58% Moderate
  • Water Quality 60% High

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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