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  • Interesting piece on US water quality - 2021’s Best Cities for Water Quality

    I was surprised at some of the findings in this...

    Provided by Lawnstarter
    With clean, safe water more crucial than ever to public health, some U.S. cities are making waves when it comes to pumping out high-quality H2O to their residents.

    This April marks the seventh anniversary of the ongoing Flint, Michigan, water crisis, and just last month nearly 15 million Texans lost access to clean water in a historic winter storm.

    But millions of other Americans lack access to safe water, a longstanding problem only magnified by the pandemic.

    With clean water more crucial than ever to public health, LawnStarter is helping to bring awareness to America’s water crisis by ranking 2021’s Best Cities for Water Quality.

    We compared the 200 biggest U.S. cities on seven key factors — from consumers’ overall satisfaction with their water to the number of quality violations to the share of homes lacking basic plumbing.

    So which cities are flowing in the right direction of quality, and which ones are in hot water?

    Here are the 10 best and 10 worst cities, followed by highlights and lowlights from our report.
    Best Cities for Water Quality
    Rank City
    1 Columbus, OH
    2 St. Petersburg, FL
    3 Aurora, CO
    4 Frisco, TX
    5 Overland Park, KS
    6 Naperville, IL
    7 Minneapolis, MN
    8 Charlotte, NC
    9 Peoria, AZ
    10 Raleigh, NC
    Worst Cities for Water Quality
    Rank City
    191 Lancaster, CA
    192 Midland, TX
    193 Torrance, CA
    194 Laredo, TX
    195 Grand Prairie, TX
    196 Metairie, LA
    197 Cape Coral, FL
    198 Oceanside, CA
    199 Moreno Valley, CA
    200 Garden Grove, CA
    Highlights and Lowlights:
    • Columbus: Crisp, Cool, Clean Water: Ohio might not be the first locale that comes to mind when thinking about clean water, but it should. Columbus claims the top spot as the Best U.S. City for Water Quality — a far cry from Cleveland, the poster child of pollution in America’s waterways. Over 50 years ago, the Cuyahoga River, a source of Cleveland’s drinking water, caught fire and still hasn’t fully recovered.

      While not dominating in any single category, Columbus performed well in consumer satisfaction with overall water quality, natural hazards risk, and share of homes with sewage disposal breakdowns.

      Next time you find yourself in Cowtown for a Buckeyes game, throw back a glass of the cleanest water in America.
    • SoCal: Sunny but Not-So-Great Water: Southern California found itself consistently at the bottom of our ranking, though other parts of the Golden State rank mid- to high-tier.

      Some cities like Garden Grove actually performed fairly well in the compliance category, but where SoCal wavers is in infrastructure vulnerability. Garden Grove has a disturbingly high share of homes lacking plumbing or kitchen facilities.

      Many other regional cities like Moreno Valley received poor scores in the natural hazards risk metric. This is no surprise to Southern Californians, who have been dealing with an ongoing water quality crisis for years.
    • Water in the Desert — or Not: Despite ranking middle of the pack on consumer satisfaction, Arizona cities consistently have some of the highest numbers of water quality violations in the country. Tucson takes the bottom spot in this category with a whopping 56,748 violations. Cities like Chandler and Peoria aren’t far behind with many thousands of violations, either.

      What’s behind this bad water in the Grand Canyon State? With a growing population, a draining aquifer, a booming agriculture industry, and competition from neighboring states, to say that the water system in Arizona is stressed would be an understatement. Here’s hoping they can catch a break — and a drink.
    • The Last Frontier … for Water Quality: Anchorage, Alaska, boasts the 12th highest overall consumer satisfaction and fifth highest satisfaction with water quality and accessibility. Clearly, Anchorage residents love their water system.

      But there’s one problem: Anchorage has the second highest number of water quality violations in the country, at 33,703. These recent quality issues are spread throughout Alaska as a historic drought takes its toll.

      So where do the positive satisfaction ratings come from? The answer isn’t clear. Perhaps the residents of Anchorage are just a very understanding people.

    Our full ranking and analysis can be found here:

    Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to interview our editor-in-chief about the study and findings.

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