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Drinking water in Tanzania

Water is definitely one of the most indispensable human requirements and a safe water supply is the backbone of a healthy economy. Sadly, 4 million people in Tanzania lack access to a better-quality source of safe water and about 30 million don’t have access to improved sanitation. An overwhelming 24 million people of Tanzania are impacted by the country’s water crisis; that is nearly Tanzania’s half the population. In real sense, slightly over half of Tanzania’s population is estimated to have access to an improved water source. In most rural areas, women and children traditionally bear the weight of the water problems in their communities’ waking up early to collect drinking water from faraway sources and making numerous trips each day. The water these women and children carry are most likely to have been gathered from unsafe sources like rivers, canals, ponds, hand-dug wells, and natural springs.

Since the year 2010, USAID has been working with Tanzanians to increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene services for rural communities. Tourists should refrain from drinking tap or river water as they might be potentially contaminated. We also recommend using bottled water, not just for drinking but for brushing teeth, washing fruits or vegetables or reconstituting powdered milk. Try as much not to use ice in your drinks.

As a traveler in a foreign land, it is wise to carry bottled water at all times and especially if you are traveling to small towns or other rural areas. If you wish to buy bottled water, double check that the seal is intact and the top of the bottle has not been manipulated. It is always advisable to pick selected brands of bottled water for drinking purpose. If you are such a place with no possibility of bottled water, then don’t forget to carry water purifiers like SteriPEN which uses ultraviolet light to kill all bacteria and other amoebas in the water. Carrying a bottle with an inbuilt water filter that automatically eliminates bacteria, viruses, heavy metals and chemicals from the water, is another option of drinking water on the go in Tanzania.

The final words regarding drinking water in Tanzania emphasizes to be super careful with all water in Tanzania, and best staying away from contaminated water in any form to minimize the chances of falling sick. However, it is important at the same time for you, to stay hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and remain hydrated and remain healthy and physically active.

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