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Is Grahamstown 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 Grahamstown?

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 Grahamstown.

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


Have you ever heard of Tap Water Quality in Grahamstown? Tap Water refers to the quality of water supplied by your local municipality, meaning the quality may be somewhat lacking compared to bottled water stores. It is also a problem that many people do not think much about until they have problems with their drinking water. Tap Water in Grahamstown was recently rated as one of the top 10 risk areas for tap water by a health magazine. The report cited that Tap Water in Grahamstown had a "lack of standardization."

There are some reasons why this is the case, primarily because there was no direct government intervention during the construction of the water infrastructure. This means that the lack of government regulation has allowed unscrupulous companies to come in and fill the void left by regulatory bodies. This was most apparent in respect of treatment. Tap Water in Grahamstown did not undergo any serious regulatory reform until the late nineties when the advent

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.81 in USD (1.5-liter)


Grahamstown tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 83% Very High
  • Water Pollution 92% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 17% Very Low
  • Water Quality 8% Very Low

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