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Can You Drink Tap Water in Asmara?
We don't have enough information to make a specific recommendation about the safety of drinking tap water in Asmara, Eritrea.
However, based on information from nearby locations, the average water score in Eritrea is a out of 100.
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 Asmara.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Eritrea, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
On the outskirts of the capital of Eritrea, you can find a village called Asmara. It is here where the question of tap water safety and purity is most urgent. Asmara is a place where many people have lost their lives over the past decade.
Over the past decade many people have lost their lives to the toxic effects of untreated tap water. This water is very bad for your health and is responsible for many diseases like cholera and dysentery. It causes nausea and stomach ulcers, and even cancer. So it is no wonder that the health ministry has started sending teams to Asmara to survey the state''s supply of tap water. The ministry has also started a project to purify the river that runs through Asmara.
However, it seems that the whole purification process is just a cover for maintaining the unhealthy status of the tap water in Asmara. The story goes on to state that they are planning to build a treatment facility near the town of Gadir. The reason given is
Drink a lot because Asmara will dry you out. Mineral water is there in abundance and that is really the only water you can drink. Don't drink the tapwater if you value your health. Similarly, there are also a lot of bottled fruit juices, 'Fresh' juices are typically safe to drink in the cleaner bars and restaurants.
The estimated price of bottled water
$2 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25% Low
- Water Pollution 25% Low
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 75% High
- Water Quality 75% High
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Asmara, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
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.