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Is Kampala 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 Kampala?

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 Kampala.

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


If you are traveling to Kampala, Uganda, chances are you will want to sample some of the local Kampala tap water. It is highly regarded as one of the purest and safest tap water available anywhere in the world. The name "Kampala" means "without impurities". This is because all the raw material that is used in making this type of water comes straight from the ground in an uncultivated state. So, you can be sure it is clean and pure.

It is produced without any chlorine or other disinfectants. It comes straight from the reservoir and does not have any fluoride or any other additives that can harm your health. It also contains large amounts of iron and manganese. These are minerals found naturally in the earth''s crust. You cannot get this high amount of minerals anywhere else in the world.

When you purchase this type of water in Kampala, you are actually helping to maintain a sustainable tourism industry. The people who live and work in this area rely on


Do not drink the tap water. Spring water brands like Rwenzori and Blue Wave can be trusted.

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.71 in USD (1.5-liter)


Kampala tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 67% High
  • Water Pollution 84% Very High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 33% Low
  • Water Quality 16% Very Low

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