In recent years Flint, Michigan, has become famous for having unfit drinking water. But do they have the worst tap water in the U.S.? Where does it fall among cities with the worst tap water? For that matter, where does your city fall among cities with the worst drinking water in the United States? Here is a top ten breakdown of the worst drinking water quality by city in the United States.
9. & 10. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas takes up two spots in our list because both Las Vegas proper and adjoining North Las Vegas have terrible drinking water, with contaminants like arsenic, lead and even uranium appearing in North Las Vegas sinks, while as many as 12 contaminants — arsenic and lead included — could potentially pop up in your Las Vegas water glass.
8. Pensacola, Florida
If the idea of 12 contaminants in your drinking water has you running for a sealed plastic bottle, stay away from Pensacola in sunny Florida, where the Environmental Working Group found a stunning 21 harmful contaminants in excess of health limit guidelines.
7. Jacksonville, Florida
The water dilemma in the land of oranges doesn’t end with Pensacola, unfortunately. Jacksonville’s water has been known to feature unwanted metal ingredients like cadmium and lead. This water has also been found to have 80 parts per billion total trihalomethanes, which is in excess of the legal limit.
6. San Diego, California
San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in America, but that doesn’t mean the water is safe to drink. Studies have found eight contaminants in the water supply in excess of health guidelines and two in excess of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency legal limit.
5. Haworth Borough, N.J.
If you ever find yourself in this unassuming former farming community, bring your own water. Studies have found nearly two-dozen contaminants in excess of health guidelines, along with excessive mining waste pollution.
4. Reno, Nevada
The “biggest little city” in the world has a big water contamination problem, with levels of arsenic, manganese and tetrachloroethylene in the water exceeding legal EPA limits.
3. Houston, Texas
In addition to 18 contaminants in excess of health guidelines, Houston water also features particles produced by nuclear testing or radioactive mineral deposits and illegal levels of mining waste pollution, including haloacetic acids.
2. Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha water quality is among the worst, with 20 contaminants beyond health limit guidelines and total trihalomethanes in excess of the legal limit.
1. Fresno, California
The city that calls itself “the best little city in the U.S.A.,” clearly doesn’t include water quality in its calculations. Fresno water features 19 contaminants in excess of established health limits, with eight exceeding legal limits — including aluminum, ethylene dibromide and manganese.
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