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Is Freetown Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Freetown?

We don't have enough information to make a specific recommendation about the safety of drinking tap water in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

However, based on information from nearby locations, the average water score in Sierra Leone 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 Freetown.

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

Click here to check out the water quality for Sierra Leone

There have been reports of people drinking tap water in Freetown Hilbert Sierra Leone. This is because the country, which is located in the Northern part of Africa, is still not safe for drinking.

The only way to clean the water that one drink out of is through filtration methods that are applied at the treatment plants. These methods include reverse osmosis and distillation. But some countries like the United States and others in Europe have found these methods very expensive.

To explain what reverse osmosis does, it is a process of separating substances and liquids by forcing them through small pores. These pores are called osmosis tubes. Some scientists have shown that it can remove contaminants from water, but experts do not recommend it because it is very expensive.

Other filtration methods include distillation or carbon dioxide filtration. But these two methods have certain limitations.

Carbon dioxide filtration method


Freetown tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 100% Very High
  • Water Pollution 100% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 0% Very Low
  • Water Quality 0% Very Low

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