How do People In Tajikistan Rate The Tap Water?
Travellers and residents of Tajikistan 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 56% Moderate
- Water Pollution 61% High
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 44% Moderate
- Water Quality 39% Low
Can you drink the tap water in Tajikistan?
The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Tajikistan (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 Tajikistan think about the tap water?
It is not safe to drink tap water in Tajikistan, due to Giardia lamblia which causes diarrhoea and other intestinal infection. Bottled water is widely available.
DO NOT drink tap water. There is no working purification system, and outbreaks of typhoid and cholera (rarely) are common. Other preventable endemic illnesses are hepatitis A, rabies, poliomyelitis and tick-borne encephalitis. The occasional anthrax case comes in, but it's rare nowadays. There are, during the hot season, a few pockets where malaria can occur. HIV is a growing health threat in Tajikistan. There is now an English-speaking comprehensive primary care clinic in operation by the name of Prospekt Medical , right behind the Embassy of China. In the Pamir mountains, the risk of altitude sickness is substantial - one may read up on this here:  (in English) or  (in German). In case of ANY accident, call your embassy. Health insurance and medical evacuation insurance are recommended.
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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