Tap Water Safety in Zimbabwe

Can you drink the tap water in Zimbabwe?

In general, no.

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

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

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Imported drinks and locally made franchises are available as well as local soft drinks. Mazoe, the local orange squash (or other fruit flavour), is generally available in most eateries. Bottled water is also available. Tap water, as a source of potable water, in general, should be avoided. If no other source of water is available for drinking, then it is best boiled prior to consumption.

The most commonly searched cities in Zimbabwe are:

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

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World Health Organization Zimbabwe Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 64 percent of Zimbabwe have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Zimbabwe Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Zimbabwe 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
200012222-72%8%
201716530-64%13%
Rural
20008067-60%10%
201711240-50%18%
Urban
20004155-95%3%
20175290-94%4%

What Do People In Zimbabwe Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Zimbabwe 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 Inaccessibility71%High
Water Pollution81%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility29%Low
Water Quality19%Low

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