How do People In Kenya Rate The Tap Water?
Travellers and residents of Kenya 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 61% High
- Water Pollution 81% Very High
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 39% Low
- Water Quality 19% Very Low
Can you drink the tap water in Kenya?
The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Kenya (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 Kenya think about the tap water?
Never drink tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected (such as with iodine tablets). Never drink from streams, rivers and lakes. It’s also best to avoid drinking from pumps and wells“ some do bring pure water to the surface, but the presence of animals can still contaminate supplies.
People staying longer-term may rent accommodation; prices range from estate-agent 'international style' rentals at USD150+ pw, to privately arranged furnished apartments, from USD50-100 pw, to 'local' style accommodation, usually unfurnished, in a price range from KES5000-7000 per month with windows, water, electricity, down to KES 500 per month with no windows, no electricity, loud neighbours, mosquitoes, shared access to a tap. To arrange privately rented accommodation, you'll need to ask around - cab drivers, shopkeepers, market traders, could all save you the estate agents' fees.
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.
Sources and Resources
Check tap water safety of cities in the Kenya
- Archer's Post
- Athi River
- Bamburi Beach
- Diani Beach
- Eldama Ravine
- Eliye Springs
- Ferguson's Gulf
- Homa Bay
- Kendu Bay
- Lamu Town
- Lunga Lunga
- Naro Moru
- North Horr
- Nyali Beach
- Ol Kalou
- Sotik Post
- Tiwi Beach