Can you drink the tap water in Yemen?
In general, no.
The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Yemen (source).
Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.
Many juices and soft drinks are readily available, but you should avoid more scruffy-looking juice shops as they might be using tap water as base. Many Yemenis will drink tea (shay) or coffee (qahwa or bun) with their meals. Yemeni coffee is considerably weaker than the strong Turkish coffee found elsewhere in peninsular Arabia.
Tap water should be avoided. This is comparatively easy to do, as bottled water - both chilled and at room temperature - is readily available everywhere.
Tap water should be avoided. To stay safe, it is recommended to stick to the bottled variety.
The most commonly searched cities in Yemen are:
For a full list of cities in Yemen, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization Yemen Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 63 percent of Yemen have access to drinkable tap water.
World Health Organization's 2017 Yemen Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Yemen includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
What Do People In Yemen Think About The Tap Water?
Travelers and residents of Yemen 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 Inaccessibility||70%||High|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||30%||Moderate|