Tap Water Safety in Sierra Leone

Can you drink the tap water in Sierra Leone?

In general, no.

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

Stick to drinking bottled water in Sierra Leone and try to avoid the sachets of water sold on the street“ these are often contaminated.

The most commonly searched cities in Sierra Leone are:

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

World Health Organization Sierra Leone Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 61 percent of Sierra Leone have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 5% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 40% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Sierra Leone, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 12%.

The rural availability figures at 8%

World Health Organization's 2017 Sierra Leone Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Sierra Leone 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
200045645%40%6%
2017755710%61%9%
Rural
200029212%24%3%
201743838%50%6%
Urban
2000164311%68%10%
2017317412%76%14%

What Do People In Sierra Leone Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Sierra Leone 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 Inaccessibility100%High
Water Pollution100%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility0%Low
Water Quality0%Low

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