How do People In Ghana Rate The Tap Water?
Travellers and residents of Ghana 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 66% High
- Water Pollution 87% Very High
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 34% Low
- Water Quality 13% Very Low
Can you drink the tap water in Ghana?
The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Ghana (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 Ghana think about the tap water?
Stick to drinking bottled water in Ghana and try to avoid the sachets of water sold on the street“ these are often contaminated.
Drinking water from the tap is not generally considered to be safe, so choices include plastic bottled water (eg. Voltic, 1.5 litre, c. GHS1.00), boiled or filtered tap water, and "pure water" sachets. These sachets are filtered and come in 500mL portions. At least one study has suggested bottled water to be the safest choice. Although "pure water" sachets are more easily accessible and very cheaper (10 pesawas each), 2.3% of sachets tested were found to contain faecal bacteria. If you want to play it safe, stick with carbonated beverages or bottled water.
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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