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Can You Drink Tap Water in Dushanbe?
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 Dushanbe.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Tajikistan, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
The Tajikistan government is claiming the quality of tap water in Tajikistan is satisfactory. However, both the residents and foreign tourists have been finding out differently. The low quality of water has been an issue for quite some time in Tajikistan and many residents have begun to become very frustrated with the lack of basic amenities in their homes. When a visitor arrives in Tajikistan, there is no doubt that the first thing they are going to notice are the incredibly low prices charged at many hotels, as well as the incredibly poor quality of the hotels.
In some areas, such as Dushanbe, Tajikistan, the citizens have begun to build makeshift filtration systems in order to provide clean tap water to their guests and residents. The government and local businesses are offering help to those who need to construct such systems. It is understandable that many foreigners will not be familiar with the basic construction techniques involved. There are many tutorial
Never drink the water from the tap, nor use the water to brush your teeth. Always wash fresh produce, especially when bought from the local bazaar. Some melons—although they are incredibly fresh and sweet—can be irrigated and fertilized with manure, so sometimes washing them will not help. As a rule of thumb all foreigners from developed countries will get sick at least once while in Tajikistan, but this can be delayed by avoiding unwashed/unpeeled fruits and vegetables (be especially wary of this in restaurants).
The estimated price of bottled water
$0.34 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 56% Moderate
- Water Pollution 61% High
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 44% Moderate
- Water Quality 39% Low
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Dushanbe, 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.