Tap Water Safety in Malawi

Can you drink the tap water in Malawi?

In general, no.

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

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

World Health Organization Malawi Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 69 percent of Malawi have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 53% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Malawi, 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 Malawi Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Malawi 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
200011376-53%14%
201718622-69%20%
Rural
20009670-47%15%
201715456-65%22%
Urban
20001706-86%7%
20173166-86%10%

How Do People In Malawi Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Malawi 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 Inaccessibility60%Moderate
Water Pollution75%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility40%Moderate
Water Quality25%Low

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