Tap Water Safety in Gabon

Can you drink the tap water in Gabon?

In general, no.

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

Do not drink tap water. Bottled water is widely available, or use sterlisation tablets.

The most commonly searched cities in Gabon are:

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

World Health Organization Gabon Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 86 percent of Gabon have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Gabon Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Gabon 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
20001231-80%4%
20172025-86%8%
Rural
2000259-37%4%
2017223-55%13%
Urban
2000972-91%4%
20171802-90%7%

What Do People In Gabon Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Gabon 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 Inaccessibility70%High
Water Pollution80%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility30%Moderate
Water Quality20%Low

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