Tap Water Safety in Uganda

Can you drink the tap water in Uganda?

In general, no.

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.


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

The most commonly searched cities in Uganda are:

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

World Health Organization Uganda Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 49 percent of Uganda have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 5% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 27% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Uganda, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 16%.

The rural availability figures at 4%

World Health Organization's 2017 Uganda Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Uganda includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

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

What Do People In Uganda Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers 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.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility66%High
Water Pollution79%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility34%Moderate
Water Quality21%Low

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