Tap Water Safety in Kenya

Can you drink the tap water in Kenya?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Kenya (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 Kenya are:

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

World Health Organization Kenya Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 59 percent of Kenya have access to tap water.

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 Kenya, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 50% and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Kenya Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Kenya 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
200031450-47%6%
201749700-59%9%
Rural
200025160-37%7%
201736281-50%11%
Urban
2000629062%88%4%
20171341950%85%4%

How Do People In Kenya Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Kenya 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 Inaccessibility61%Moderate
Water Pollution81%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility39%Moderate
Water Quality19%Low

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