Tap Water Safety in Solomon Islands

Can you drink the tap water in Solomon Islands?

In general, no.

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

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

The most commonly searched cities in Solomon Islands are:

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

World Health Organization Solomon Islands Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 68 percent of Solomon Islands have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 79% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Solomon Islands, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at undefined % and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Solomon Islands Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Solomon Islands 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
2000413-79%5%
2017611-68%6%
Rural
2000347-76%5%
2017470-61%6%
Urban
200066-90%3%
2017141-91%4%

How Do People In Solomon Islands Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Solomon Islands 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 Inaccessibility56%Moderate
Water Pollution85%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility44%Moderate
Water Quality15%Low

View our tap water report on all cities in Solomon Islands