As with other metropolitan areas blessed with an abundance of clean drinking water, the City of Cincinnati delivers water to other cities and communities. For example, Butler and Warren Counties in Ohio benefit from water running through a pipeline installed by the Greater Cincinnati Water Works under the Ohio River, to residents in Boone County and Florence, Kentucky.
Is the water perfect? Free from every recognizable contaminant and not containing any chemicals that could ever cause any trouble to any human being? Probably not. “Safe” water is never 100 percent perfect 100 percent of the time, but it is safe to a very high level, high enough to earn the label “safe.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that almost all of the drinking water in the USA is safe to drink—if it has been filtered to remove or cancel harmful chemicals and biological products. The EPA finds nine states with totally safe water, and 41 states reporting less than ideal or even somewhat dangerous quality. Some of the cleanest drinking water available to faucets in the homes and businesses in the US can be found in the metropolitan areas of Des Moines, Iowa; Austin, Texas; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, according to Forbes.com.
Every year the American Water Works Association recognizes the best-tasting tap water in the US. The honors went to the city of Bloomington, Minnesota in 2016. Other awards that year went to water systems in cities including Anniston, Alabama; Augusta, Georgia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Chesapeake, Virginia; Hamilton, Ohio; Manistique, Michigan; Moline, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Tallahassee, Florida; Tullahoma, Tennessee; Pawley’s Island, South Carolina; Keokuk, Iowa; LaGrange, North Carolina; Boise, Idaho; Euless, Texas; and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
However, even in states that comply with high water standards, wells and local water systems sometimes deliver water that falls short of being perfectly clean water. An example occurs even in water-safe Cincinnati, where Councilman Christopher Smitherman wants to see 16,000 properties in the city tested because their lead pipes may be carrying lead-contaminated water to residents.
What about New York City, our biggest metropolitan area? Surely a water system capable of delivering germ-free drinking water would be difficult if not impossible to establish and costly to maintain for such a large population. Not so, according to publicity provided by New York City itself, stating that the city’s drinking water “is world-renowned for its quality. Each day,” the city states, “more than 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean water is delivered from large upstate reservoirs—some more than 125 miles from the City—to the taps of nine million customers throughout New York state.”
But is everything perfect in the supply of clean water in the US? Hardly. Keep reading.