Tap Water Safety in Tonga

Can you drink the tap water in Tonga?

In general, no.

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

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

Wikitravel

If you don't work you don't eat. Tongans don't want to hear that it's hard on the coral beaches lined with palm trees and emerald lagoons. There are many opportunities for skilled trades from the streets to the shops, in the schools to the churches and yes from the markets to the office. This is a hot spot for skilled navigators spanning throughout 169 villages and 150 islands. Some major exports include vanilla, handcraft and speciality pumpkins grown for export to Japan. Other agriculture sectors include root crops like taro, tapioca, sweet potatoes, yams, coconuts, bananas, mangoes, papayas, pineapples, watermelons and even peanuts.
One thing to remember when going for a swim is that there are many sharp corals near the beach, especially near Tongatapu and PangaiMotu. It is a good idea to wear a cheap pair of sandals while in the water. There are jelly fish and they do sting! They are also hard to see.

The most commonly searched cities in Tonga are:

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

World Health Organization Tonga Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Tonga have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Tonga Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Tonga 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
200098-98%1%
2017108-99%1%
Rural
200075-99%1%
201783-99%1%
Urban
200023-97%1%
201725-99%1%

What Do People In Tonga Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Tonga 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 Inaccessibility0%Low
Water Pollution0%Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility0%Low
Water Quality0%Low

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View our tap water report on all cities in Tonga