Tap Water Safety in Sao Tome and Principe

Can you drink the tap water in Sao Tome and Principe?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Sao Tome and Principe (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

World Health Organization Sao Tome and Principe Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 84 percent of Sao Tome and Principe have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Sao Tome and Principe Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Sao Tome and Principe 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
2000139-65%15%
2017204-84%12%
Rural
200065-58%14%
201757-77%11%
Urban
200074-71%16%
2017147-87%13%

What Do People In Sao Tome and Principe Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Sao Tome and Principe 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 Inaccessibility0%Low
Water Pollution0%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility0%Low
Water Quality0%Low

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