I have been known to scoff at products that have their first ingredient as water - until of course I remember that water is my first ingredient. When you take that simple fact into consideration, water quality becomes one of lifes most important issues. While there are numerous water filtration systems on the market, it is good to know the quality of the water actually coming out of your tap. Where you live may make a difference.
There are various criteria regarding documented studies of water quality. The best examples come from non-political or non-promotional studies. Researching the water quality in your city or town is made somewhat easier by requesting an Annual Water Quality Report also known as the Drinking Water Quality Report. These consumer confidence reports must be provided in areas that have public water systems that have at least 15 service connections or serves at least 25 year-round residents.
The following best and worst categories were culled from studies performed between 2008 and 2010. Because criteria vary, so do the lists. The cities listed here appear on several lists and are only intended to give you a general idea.
The Five Best Cities for Water Quality:
1 Portland, Oregon
2 San Jose, California
3 San Francisco, California
4 Boston, Massachusetts
5 Louisville, Kentucky
The Five Worst Cities for Water Quality:
1 Las Vegas, Nevada
2 Reno, Nevada
3 Pensacola, Florida
4 Casper, Wyoming
5 Concord, New Hampshire
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