Tap Water Safety in Sudan

Can you drink the tap water in Sudan?

In general, no.

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

Don’t drink tap water in Sudan unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected (such as with iodine tablets). Don’t drink from streams, rivers and lakes. It’s also best to avoid drinking from pumps, boreholes and wells; some bring pure water to the surface, but the presence of animals can contaminate supplies. Bottled water is widely available, except in very remote areas, where you should carry a filter or purification tablets.

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The general advice is not to drink tap water. In most rural areas, you will not be able to, as there are no taps. Where there are no bore holes (which often yield water that is fine to drink), water is often taken directly from the Nile. Rely instead on bottled water or a water filter.

The most commonly searched cities in Sudan are:

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

World Health Organization Sudan Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 60 percent of Sudan have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Sudan Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Sudan 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
200027251-43%19%
201740533-60%27%
Rural
200018531-35%18%
201726752-53%27%
Urban
20008720-60%21%
201713781-74%25%

What Do People In Sudan Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Sudan 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 Inaccessibility50%Moderate
Water Pollution69%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility50%Moderate
Water Quality31%Moderate

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