Tap Water Safety in Uganda

Last Update10:12 pm, May 8, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

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Can you drink the tap water in Uganda?

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

Avoid drinking tap water in Uganda. Water that is bottled, boiled or filtered should be fine.

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Be advised to drink Bottled water, usually called mineral water in local restaurants. Water flowing from taps is not treated.

How do People In Uganda Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Uganda 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 66% High
  • Water Pollution 79% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 34% Low
  • Water Quality 21% 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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