Tap Water Safety in Eritrea

Can you drink the tap water in Eritrea?

In general, no.

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.

The most commonly searched cities in Eritrea are:

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

World Health Organization Eritrea Water Summary

The World Health Organization has unspecified data of information in Eritrea. You can review below how locals and tourists rated the drinking water in the country. Also, you may ask people from the area with regards to their advice of drinking water, or if skeptical stick with bottled water to ensure safety.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 47% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Eritrea, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at undefined % and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Eritrea Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Eritrea 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
20003393-47%22%
20175069---
Rural
20002477-31%27%
20173092---
Urban
2000916-91%7%
20171977---

How Do People In Eritrea Rate The 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.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility25%Low
Water Pollution25%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility75%High
Water Quality75%High

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