Is Lilongwe Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.82 in USD (1.5-liter)

User Submitted Ratings for Lilongwe Tap Water

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 75% High
  • Water Pollution 94% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 25% Low
  • Water Quality 6% Very Low

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

Can You Drink Tap Water in Lilongwe?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

According to WHO data, 69% of Malawi cities/towns and rural areas have access to improved water sources, that are available when needed.

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


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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