Tap Water Safety in Rwanda

Can you drink the tap water in Rwanda?

In general, no.

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.

The most commonly searched cities in Rwanda are:

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

World Health Organization Rwanda Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 58 percent of Rwanda have access to drinkable tap water.

In Rwanda, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 43%.

World Health Organization's 2017 Rwanda Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Rwanda 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
20008026-45%21%
201712208-58%22%
Rural
20006822-41%22%
201710133-53%24%
Urban
2000120424%71%13%
2017207543%82%10%

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.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility47%Moderate
Water Pollution53%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility53%Moderate
Water Quality47%Moderate

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