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Is Maputo 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 Maputo?

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 Maputo.

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


The city of Maputo in Mozambique does not have the best tap water quality standard. It is ironic because this is one of the cities where toothpaste was invented. This is the capital city of Mozambique and the biggest city in eastern Africa. If you are going on vacation to Mozambique, then you should definitely check out the city of Maputo to experience some good old fashioned African tourism.

Mozambique is a country with a wide variety of wildlife and tourist attractions. There are more than 400 volcanoes in Mozambique, so hiking and scuba diving can be an exciting activity. When you go hiking in the forest you will be able to see monkeys, leopards, antelopes and wild elephants. There are even giraffes and hippos. The animals of Mozambique are incredibly diverse and amazing.

It is recommended that you carry bottled water with you because there is no tap water in Mozambique. You will find that you can easily drink mineral spring water or just plain old


Drink water from a bottle (25-40 MT/1,5 l), not the tap.

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.77 in USD (1.5-liter)


Maputo tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 75% High
  • Water Pollution 69% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 25% Low
  • Water Quality 31% Low

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