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    Does Springfield have the best-tasting tap water?

    By Tony Nguyen,

    30 days ago

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — According to a survey from , 3,000 travelers were asked, “Would you feel safe drinking the tap water in specific cities across the U.S.?” The results classified the best and worst tap water in 245 cities across the country according to the travelers’ firsthand experiences.

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    Every major city’s water supply comes from unique sources, giving it a distinct taste.

    According to, improper electronic devices discarded in landfills can pollute the groundwater with toxic substances like lead, mercury, and cadmium. Not only does the contamination impact the safety of the water, it can also alter its taste.

    Here is a list of the least trusted cities for tap water and safety according to the 3,000 travelers:

    1. Detriot, Michigan
    2. New York City
    3. New Orleans, Louisiana
    4. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    5. Warren, Michigan
    6. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    7. Allentown, Pennsylvania
    8. College Station, Texas
    9. Pembroke Pines, Florida
    10. Buffalo, New York

    Where does Missouri rank?

    Out of 245 cities considered in the survey , Springfield was ranked as having the worst water in Missouri with a rank of 26. However, as with the national top 10, there was a wide disparity between public perception and the actual quality and taste of the local tap water.

    According to the study, Springfield’s tap water sources include water from McDaniel Lake, Fellows Lake, Stockton Lake, James River, two deep wells and Fulbright Spring. It is treated to meet all safety standards, with residents generally finding it to have a clean and neutral taste. Some visitors may notice a slight chlorine flavor.

    Three other Missouri cities made it on the list ranking in the lower half, meaning they were considered to have tap water that is safer to drink and better tasting: Independence (#124), Kansas City (#157) and Columbia (#218).

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