Tap Water Safety in Sudan

Last Update10:02 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Sudan?

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.

How do People In Sudan Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 69% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 50% Moderate
  • Water Quality 31% Low

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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