Tap Water Safety in Guyana

Can you drink the tap water in Guyana?

In general, no.

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

Local tap water is suspect, especially in Georgetown. Drink bottled water only.


Guyana embodies gastronomical lineage from the Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, Africans, Portuguese, Dutch, British and the Indigenous Peoples. While the big cities like Georgetown and Lethem have ample restaurants and bars for global and local cuisines, the authentic flavours of Guyana are best sampled in the inland areas. Plan to sample indigenous foods such as cassava bread, farine with tuma pot (a meat dish that is cooked in cassava water with a variety of spices) and tasso (preserved salted beef strips). In the city restaurants, you can find flavours from Indian kitchens (rice-curry combos are staple), Chinese cuisines and International fare. Some of the popular restaurants include Backyard Café, The Bottle Bar and Restaurant at Cara Lodge, and the Caribe Boardwalk Pool Bar & Grill, Great Room and the Terra Mare Restaurant at the Marriott.
Do not drink the tap water, unless you want to spend a great part of your vacation on the toilet! Bottled water is readily available in a variety of brands.

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World Health Organization Guyana Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 96 percent of Guyana have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Guyana Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Guyana includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

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

What Do People In Guyana Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Guyana 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.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility47%Moderate
Water Pollution75%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility53%Moderate
Water Quality25%Low

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