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Organic Issues: Best and Worst Tap Water

There are many reasons why my family chooses to eat mainly organic, but one of the big ones is the positive impact the organic industry has on the environment.

Organic farming is pesticide-, herbicide-, and insecticide-free; organic animals are not treated with growth hormones or antibiotics. This is a very good thing for Planet Earth because, eventually, all of these chemicals and medications work their way down into our groundwater – and into our drinking glasses.

Click through the read the 10 Best and 10 Worst Cities for Tap Water Quality.

Pesticides in drinking water is a huge problem, according to the Environmental Working Group.  In the last eight years, the EWG has identified over 315 pollutants in America’s tap water. While some of these contaminants are within ‘safe levels’ (which makes me want to laugh out loud – in my mind, there are no safe levels of chemicals in my water!), “49 of these contaminants have been found in one place or another at levels above those guidelines, polluting the tap water for 53.6 million Americans.”

Unfortunately, the government does little to aggressively protect consumers – no new water safety standards have been set since 2001. Fortunately, the EWG has done a ton of research and created a massive database that ranks the tap water quality in more than 48,000 communities. You can search the database here.

The EWG’s ten top-rated water utilities, as of 2009, are:

  • Arlington, Texas
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Austin, Texas
  • Fairfax County, Virgina
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

And the EWG’s ten worst-rated water utilities, as of 2009, are:

  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Riverside, California
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Riverside County, California
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Houston, Texas
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • North Las Vegas, Nevada
  • San Diego, California
  • Jacksonville, Florida

You can see the rankings for all 100 cities surveyed here.

(Data Source; Image Source: Pemanducomm)

A big thanks to YoBaby for sponsoring this campaign.  Click here to see more of the discussion.

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