European and local medical professionals deem the quality of tap water in Bahir Dar as sufficiently treated with fluorides to be safe to drink. The plentiful supply of bottled spring water in hotels and public places like lecture halls and rooms in the University suggests the locals are wary of drinking the water.
Vegetarian visitors who, for one reason or another, cannot eat spicy food are faced with a dietary dilemma in Bahir Dar. Many of the local cooked dishes contain either berbere spice or ferocious green chilli peppers. Salads of local produce - avocados, mangos, papaya, lettuce and tomatoes, from which the inevitable green chilli peppers are easily removed are about the only alternative. Omelettes are very popular option in the hotels at breakfast. Bear in mind the local doctor who diagnosed the incident of salmonella food-poisoning was certain not only that eggs was the source but that salmonella is quite widespread among the chicken population.
The salads washed in local tap water are safe. Egg dishes are distinctly unsafe and should be avoided.