Tap Water Safety in Nigeria

Can you drink the tap water in Nigeria?

In general, no.

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

Tap water is not drinkable in Nigeria. Be careful also to avoid iced drinks. Buy bottled water, use a purifier or drink boiled water.

The most commonly searched cities in Nigeria are:

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

World Health Organization Nigeria Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 71 percent of Nigeria have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 15% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 48% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Nigeria, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 25%.

The rural availability figures at 16%

World Health Organization's 2017 Nigeria Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Nigeria 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
200012235215%48%9%
201719088620%71%7%
Rural
20007952911%35%6%
20179544316%56%8%
Urban
20004282323%73%15%
20179544325%87%5%

What Do People In Nigeria Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Nigeria 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 Inaccessibility64%Moderate
Water Pollution79%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility36%Moderate
Water Quality21%Low

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