Tap Water Safety in Ethiopia

Last UpdateApril 8, 2021 12:53 pm

How do People In Ethiopia Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Ethiopia 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 60% High
  • Water Pollution 72% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 40% Moderate
  • Water Quality 28% Low

Can you drink the tap water in Ethiopia?

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


Do not drink tap water. Bottled water for drinking is available almost everywhere in small, medium and big bottles. Addis tap water is better than in many other cities, but even the hotels generally recommend that guests do not drink it, nor eat salads or other uncooked food that is commonly washed in tap water. However, do make sure you drink enough water, especially when the weather is hot.


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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