Where to Find the Best and Worst Tap Water in the US

Good ol’ tap water is something many of us take for granted. We turn on our faucet and expect there to be clean drinking water to follow. Sadly, that’s not the case everywhere in the world and clean water is definitely a luxury many Americans under-appreciate. The Environmental Protection Agency along with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) governs the standards by witch our drinking water is determined to be safe or unsafe. Over the years, the standard has become increasingly stringent. This is largely due to the implementation of the safe drinking water act in 1974. This federal act was implemented to ensure safe drinking water for all American citizens. The act includes a myriad of regulations that address maximum allowable amounts of microorganisms, disinfectants, byproducts, organic and inorganic chemicals and more. One would think that with all of these regulations in place that the US would rank at the top of the list of safest drinking water in the world. The fact is, it doesn’t come close. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 20 globally!

Best Tap

On the bright side, there are many areas in the US that have some pretty great tap water systems. These systems are rated by the EPA as well as the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition, nicknamed the “Academy Awards of Water.” If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these cities, bottoms up to a great cup o’tap!

Best Water in the US

Worst Water in the US