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Is Bamako 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 Bamako?

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 Bamako.

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


Tap Wateramba Mali is one of the major cities in Mali. It has a very rich history and provides a glimpse into the life of former Moorish Spain. The city has a number of interesting sites, monuments and museums that provide insights into life under Muslim rule. In fact, it was here that Columbus first set foot on African soil.

The capital city of Mali, which is named after King Amenou, is well preserved with modern buildings that are still in place from years of foreign occupation. In addition, some of the older neighborhoods have been renovated to meet modern needs. The population constitutes over 10 million people. Most live in the countryside surrounding the city. They are mainly known for their agricultural products and livestock.

Tap Wateramba Mali is one of the many towns that have received chlorine treatment to purify tap water. This treatment converts the naturally occurring chloramines in the water to harmless substances. Chloramines are bypro


If you go gradually (doni doni) you'll be able to drink Bamako's quite chemically tasting tap water. You shouldn't drink the unmarked sachets with water or syrupped water as long as you don't drink tap water -- though the branded sachets of mineral water are fine (50CFA).

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.56 in USD (1.5-liter)


Bamako tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 56% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 83% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 44% Moderate
  • Water Quality 17% Very Low

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

Related FAQS


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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