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Is Mombasa 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 Mombasa?

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 Mombasa.

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


Tap Water Mombasa is a very popular tourist destination in Kenya. This part of eastern Africa is a world famous bird watching destination due to the abundance of a particular kind of big bird, the migratory black-necked storks. Mombasa also has a vast reserve of conservation lands that are home to millions of wild animals. Tap Water Safety in this region of Kenya is not known to be at its best. There have been reports of serious problems with the Tap Water Quality in some parts of the city.

The big reason for the poor quality of tap water in the city is the unclean and inconsistent infrastructure. This means that there is no centralized tap water treatment facility or even treatment centers. Consequently, any time you visit Mombasa, whether it''s for a day or a week, you risk being exposed to contaminated water. As a matter of fact, there have been numerous incidences where children have become sick after drinking contaminated water.

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For precaution don't drink tap water and be carefull with ice cubes. Its always wise to follow the old british role for the tropics:"Peel it, cook it or forget it".Mombasa has 3 major well equipped private hospitals with high standards:the Aga Khan Hospital, the Pandhia Memorial Hospital and the Mombasa Hospital. Many smaller hospitals and clinics are spread out all over Mombasa and the North Coast.

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.49 in USD (1.5-liter)


Mombasa tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 75% High
  • Water Pollution 75% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 25% Low
  • Water Quality 25% Low

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Mombasa, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Related FAQS


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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