Recently, GOOD published an interactive infographic about the cleanest and dirtiest water in the nation. Of course Texas held two of the top five spots, and sadly, Florida held two of the bottom five and the dirtiest water in America features lovely ingredients such as motor fuel additives and arsenic.
Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, Portland and the outlaying metro area did not appear in this report as neither the top cleanest or dirtiest in America. This really piqued my interest as now I was determined to find out where my water utility Lake Oswego Municipal Water stacked up.
With a little help from Google and some persistence I found the Environmental Working Group and their Drinking Water Quality Report website that allows you to search for tap water data by zip code or water utility company and discover how many pollutants are found in your own tap water. I have yet to find a zip code or company with a perfect record, so don’t freak out.
Visit the site, hover over the contaminants in your area to learn what they are and what they do. It’s not only entertaining (morbidly) but reassuring that our drinking water in the area is indeed very clean.