Tap Water Safety in Sierra Leone

Last Update2:32 pm, April 17, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

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Can you drink the tap water in Sierra Leone?

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.

How do People In Sierra Leone Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 100% Very High
  • Water Pollution 100% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 79% High
  • Water Quality 68% High

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


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