Tap Water Safety in Zambia

Can you drink the tap water in Zambia?

In general, no.

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

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

The most commonly searched cities in Zambia are:

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

World Health Organization Zambia Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 60 percent of Zambia have access to tap water.

In 2000, undefined % of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 49% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Zambia, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 46% and rural availability figures at undefined %.

World Health Organization's 2017 Zambia Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Zambia 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

How Do People In Zambia Rate The Water?

Travelers and residents of Zambia 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 Inaccessibility69%High
Water Pollution94%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility31%Moderate
Water Quality6%Low

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