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Is Addis Ababa Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Do not Drink :(

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Addis Ababa?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Addis Ababa.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Ethiopia, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.


Is Tap Water Ababa Really Pure? Aba is the capital city of Ethiopian, a country in East Africa. Many people use this city as their reference point for Tap Water Quality standards. The reason for this is that it has the highest quality tap-water as compared to many other cities in Africa. Aba is the commercial capital of Ethiopia, and is serviced by all the major rivers such as the Zambezi, Okavango, and the River Nile.

Most people in Aba use Tap Water from a private company or have been supplied by the local government. It is largely safe to drink tap water provided that you use one of the approved vendors. However, there are still many people who do not drink tap water because they fear that it contains viruses and bacteria. This is only partially true; as the quality of some of the impure rivers in Ethiopia is far higher than the tap water in Aba. There are still people who do not trust the quality of tap water from the municipality, which makes it very difficul

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.74 in USD (1.5-liter)


Addis Ababa tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 61% High
  • Water Pollution 73% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 39% Low
  • Water Quality 27% Low

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Addis Ababa, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

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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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