Is Lilongwe Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update10:14 am, November 17, 2020

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$0.82 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Lilongwe?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

There was no general information available in WHO data about safely managed drinking water in Lilongwe . You may check the rate of travelers and residents of Malawi water quality.

In Lilongwe, tap water is a daily concern for the people. Tap water at our homes can either be safe or it can be very dangerous depending on the condition of the water and supply systems that are in place. There have been many cases of people being poisoned by drinking contaminated water, particularly in rural areas where access to clean and healthy water is limited. In rural areas, the use of contaminated water can be a major health threat.

The Lilongwe municipality, which is located in the rural municipality of Mwandi, is responsible for ensuring that the quality of tap water is of high quality. They are part of the local government and receive regular monitoring and reports from the regional water safety agency. If there are problems, they report these to the WHOI. The WHOI monitors the quality of all the lakes and rivers throughout Malawi and issues periodic reports. In Lilongwe, the most recent report released stated that more than 150 people had received trea

What Do People In Malawi Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Malawi 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 75% High
  • Water Pollution 94% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 25% Low
  • Water Quality 6% Very Low


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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