Tap Water Safety in Rwanda

Last Update2:20 pm, April 17, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Rwanda?

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

Don’t drink tap water in Rwanda unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected (such as with iodine tablets). Don’t drink from streams, rivers, and lakes. It’s also best to avoid drinking from pumps, boreholes, and wells; some bring pure water to the surface, but the presence of animals can contaminate supplies. Bottled water is widely available throughout the country.

What Do People In Rwanda Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Rwanda 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.

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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