Tap Water Safety in Somalia

Last Update9:59 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Somalia?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Somalia (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

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Locals in Hargeisa drink tap water filtered and treated by the Chinese government. The cleanliness is not adequate for visitors though. If you are not a local, you MUST drink bottled water, as drinking tap water can cause digestive issues (diarrhea and/or vomiting) It is however very uncommon to find diseases such as cholera in the drinking water.

How do People In Somalia Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Somalia 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 35% Low
  • Water Pollution 59% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 65% High
  • Water Quality 41% Moderate

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.

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