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Is Bulawayo 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 Bulawayo?

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 Bulawayo.

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


Tap Water Bulawayo Zimbabwe is a city in the northern district of the country, which suffers from bad quality water. This can be very dangerous for those who are susceptible to diseases carried by water. It also attracts unwarranted attention from the media and tourist circles because it''s one of the world''s famous spots for diamond jewellery. It has its own unique history too.

Many years ago, American soldiers stayed in Bulawayo during the Rhodesian Civil War. They were stationed at a local watering hole that was well known as a spot for drinking contaminated tap water. The soldiers brought with them a serious problem; they brought along with them some very dangerous pathogens and diseases from the battlefield. This led to a huge problem with clean up and tap water safety.

There was no tap water available in the area. So the soldiers were using the water from a brook that came from a nearby stream. The contaminated water was easily available to the

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.25 in USD (1.5-liter)


Bulawayo tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 46% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 85% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 54% Moderate
  • Water Quality 15% Very Low

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Bulawayo, 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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