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Is Gaborone Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

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

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Gaborone?

Yes, tap water is 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 Gaborone.

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


The city of Gaborone is situated in Northern Province in Botswana. The city was chosen as one of the World Heritage sites by UNESCO in 1998 and is renowned for its rich culture, scenic landscapes and colourful history. A visit to the city will allow you to taste the pure quality of water that is guaranteed to leave your taste buds wanting for more. But what if you are travelling to Botswana on holiday? There are a number of water purification tablets available in many travel shops which will enable you to maintain the cleanliness and purity of tap water while you are away from home.

The first step in maintaining the purity of water when on holiday is to make sure that you purchase bottled water. This can be purchased easily from major supermarket chains such as Tesco and supermarkets as well as many private vendors. While bottled water may be the cheapest way to receive clean, pure water when you are away from home, it also has the greatest risk of becoming contam

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.99 in USD (1.5-liter)


Gaborone tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 39% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 59% Moderate
  • Water Quality 61% High

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