Tap Water Safety in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Can you drink the tap water in Democratic Republic of the Congo?

In general, no.

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

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

The most commonly searched cities in Democratic Republic of the Congo are:

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

World Health Organization Democratic Republic of the Congo Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 43 percent of Democratic Republic of the Congo have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Democratic Republic of the Congo Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Democratic Republic of the 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
200047076-34%11%
201781340-43%12%
Rural
200030599-16%9%
201745550-23%10%
Urban
200016477-68%14%
201735790-69%15%

What Do People In Democratic Republic of the Congo Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Democratic Republic of the 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 Inaccessibility0%Low
Water Pollution0%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility0%Low
Water Quality0%Low

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