Tap Water Safety in Senegal

Can you drink the tap water in Senegal?

In general, no.

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).


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.

The most commonly searched cities in Senegal are:

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

World Health Organization Senegal Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 81 percent of Senegal have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Senegal Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Senegal includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

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

What Do People In Senegal Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers 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.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility68%High
Water Pollution80%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility32%Moderate
Water Quality20%Low

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