Tap Water Safety in Senegal

Last Update9:54 pm, May 8, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

N/A in USD (1.5-liter)

Can you drink the tap water in Senegal?

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

Never drink tap water in Senegal unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected (with iodine tablets for instance).

Wikitravel

Avoid tap-water, and all dishes prepared with them. Bottled water, such as Kirene which is most common and bottled in Senegal, is widely available and inexpensive.

How do People In Senegal Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Senegal 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 68% High
  • Water Pollution 80% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 32% Low
  • Water Quality 20% Low

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.

Sources and Resources


Check tap water safety for other countries in Africa

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: