Tap Water Safety in the United Republic of Tanzania

Can you drink the tap water in United Republic of Tanzania?

In general, no.

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

Unless your intestines are well accustomed to Tanzania, don’t drink tap water that hasn’t been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected (eg with iodine tablets) and be wary of ice and fruit juices diluted with unpurified water. Avoid drinking from streams, rivers and lakes unless you’ve purified the water first. The same goes for drinking from pumps 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.

Wikitravel

Gastrointestinal Distress, a.k.a. traveler’s diarrhea, is the result of one, some, or all the following factors: Unhygienic food preparation and storage, changes in diet, fatigue, dehydration, and excessive alcohol consumption. Prevention is your best defense. Eat only raw vegetables and fruits you can peel and which have been rinsed in clean water. Avoid street or restaurant food that appears to have been left in the open for an extended period of time. Eat only freshly fried or steamed food. You should drink only bottled water, which is available throughout the country. You should even brush your teeth with it. If you must drink tap or well water, boil it for a minimum of 10 minutes or use a high quality filter.

World Health Organization United Republic of Tanzania Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 57 percent of United Republic of Tanzania have access to drinkable tap water.

In United Republic of Tanzania, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 35%.

World Health Organization's 2017 United Republic of Tanzania Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout United Republic of Tanzania 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
200034178-27%8%
201757310-57%11%
Rural
200026659-16%7%
201738398-43%14%
Urban
200075194%65%9%
20171891235%86%7%

What Do People In United Republic of Tanzania Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of United Republic of Tanzania 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 Inaccessibility61%Moderate
Water Pollution70%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility39%Moderate
Water Quality30%Moderate

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