Tap Water Safety in Eritrea

Last Update9:13 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Eritrea?

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

Though Unicef efforts in partnership with the national government in recent years have helped provide access to clean drinking water for a little over half of the country’s population, it is recommended that travellers not drink tap water in the country and check that bottled water has not been tampered with.

Wikitravel

Tap water should not be drunk by foreigners. There is plenty of relatively cheap bottled mineral water, both carbonated and non-carbonated in Eritrea.
Do not drink the tap water and even check bottled water to make sure the cap is sealed. Be very careful what you eat. Many people get sick here. There is a Jordanian UN hospital that will treat foreigners. Local hospitals have inadequate facilities. Be healthy if you come here. Avoid uncooked food and unbottled drinks.

What Do People In Eritrea Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Eritrea 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.

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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