Tap Water Safety in Burkina Faso

Can you drink the tap water in Burkina Faso?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Burkina Faso (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 Burkina Faso think about the tap water?

Tap water is not drinkable in any destination in Burkina Faso. Drink bottled water.

The most commonly searched cities in Burkina Faso are:

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

World Health Organization Burkina Faso Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 48 percent of Burkina Faso have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Burkina Faso Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Burkina Faso 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
200011608-55%14%
201719193-48%28%
Rural
20009519-51%13%
201713627-35%33%
Urban
20002089-74%16%
20175566-80%15%

What Do People In Burkina Faso Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Burkina Faso 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 Inaccessibility0%Low
Water Pollution0%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility0%Low
Water Quality0%Low

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