Tap Water Safety in Congo

Can you drink the tap water in Congo?

In general, no.

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

It is not safe to drink tap water in Congo. Always drink bottled water (and check the seal is not broken) or the boiled water that some hotels will leave in your room.

The most commonly searched cities in Congo are:

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

World Health Organization Congo Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 73 percent of Congo have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 27% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 57% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Congo, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 59%.

The rural availability figures at 19%

World Health Organization's 2017 Congo Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Congo 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
2000322627%57%10%
2017526145%73%10%
Rural
200013237%18%9%
2017178919%46%11%
Urban
2000190342%85%10%
2017347259%87%10%

What Do People In Congo Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Congo 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 Pollution92%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility0%Low
Water Quality8%Low

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