Tap Water Safety in Zimbabwe

Last Update10:21 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Zimbabwe?

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.

How do People In Zimbabwe Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 71% High
  • Water Pollution 81% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 29% Low
  • Water Quality 19% Very Low

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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