Tap Water Safety in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Last UpdateApril 8, 2021 12:53 pm

How do People In Democratic Republic of the Congo Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Democratic Republic of the Congo 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 % Very Low
  • Water Pollution % Very Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility % Very Low
  • Water Quality % Very Low

Can you drink the tap water in Democratic Republic of the Congo?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Democratic Republic of the Congo (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in Democratic Republic of the Congo think about the tap water?

It is not safe to drink tap water in DRC. Always drink bottled water (and check the seal on the cap is not broken) or the boiled water that some hotels will leave in your room.


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.