Tap Water Safety in Guyana

Last Update9:20 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Guyana?

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.

Wikitravel

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.

How do People In Guyana Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 75% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 53% Moderate
  • Water Quality 25% Low

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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