Tap Water Safety in Papua New Guinea

Can you drink the tap water in Papua New Guinea?

In general, no.

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

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

World Health Organization Papua New Guinea Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 41 percent of Papua New Guinea have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 34% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Papua New Guinea, 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 Papua New Guinea Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Papua New Guinea 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
20005572-34%1%
20178251-41%2%
Rural
20004848-27%1%
20177178-35%1%
Urban
2000724-83%4%
20171073-86%4%

How Do People In Papua New Guinea Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Papua New Guinea 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 Inaccessibility53%Moderate
Water Pollution72%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility47%Moderate
Water Quality28%Low

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