Is Lusaka Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Last Update12:13 am, November 18, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.86 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Lusaka?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

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

The Zambia capital is Lusaka and the largest city that form the economic hub of the Zanzibar archipelago. It is here in Lusaka that you will find some of the best mineral spring water in the world. This is because the Zambezi River passes through it. When you step into Lusaka, you can see the stunning Maize Plain with its amazing mountain peaks and the Zimani Hills rising above. Walking to the nearest town, Maun among others, is an incredible experience. You will get to see many old settlements as well as the newer townships built on the site of former settlements.

In order to ensure that you tap water supply remains clean and uncontaminated, you must ensure that it gets treated. You should install a filtration system at home. However, there are many suppliers who sell filtration systems that offer a variety of filtration methods such as reverse osmosis, distillation, carbon filters and so on. Thus, it is important to compare and choose the best among them.


What Do People In Zambia Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Zambia 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 69% High
  • Water Pollution 98% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 31% Low
  • Water Quality 2% 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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