Is Kigali Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.69 in USD (1.5-liter)

User Submitted Ratings for Kigali Tap Water

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 53% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 53% Moderate
  • Water Quality 47% Moderate

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Kigali, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Can You Drink Tap Water in Kigali?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

According to WHO data, 58% of Rwanda cities/towns and rural areas have access to improved water sources, that are available when needed.


The recent disaster in Rwanda has brought to light yet another problem we have with our tap water. This time it is the drinking contaminated water that is causing so many problems. There has been a major clean up mission going on in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. It is hoped that by the end of the month, some of the contaminated water can be removed and by the end of this year, all contaminated areas can be cleaned up. This is very good news for those who are already worried about their health due to the fact that they know that drinking contaminated water will kill them even if they do not show any symptoms.

It is alarming to know that even though the water from the taps is treated, there are still viruses, bacteria, parasites and other harmful microbes that roam freely in this water. In some areas, some people even drink contaminated water during drinking competitions and games without bothering to take any precaution. Many people do not realize just how gr


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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