This City Has the Worst Water in the U.S., New Survey Finds

Water quality is an issue across the U.S.—but it's the worst in this city. (And no, it's not Flint.)

Despite the U.S. having passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1974, water quality varies in different parts of the country. Under the act, drinking water standards are to be followed in order to maintain and protect the health of Americans, but not all cities' water is created equal. If you're wondering how the H20 near you compares, LawnStarter ranked the biggest U.S. cities on their water quality using seven metrics to decipher water quality across the country.

The survey—led by Mike Daniels, PhD—looked at satisfaction with water quality, water quality violations, the share of homes lacking basic plumbing, the number of sewage disposal breakdowns, and natural hazards. The survey ranked the cities from best to worst in four areas—overall score, consumer satisfaction rank, compliance rank, and infrastructure vulnerability rank. Read on to find out which city in the country has the worst water, and for more water that might not be safe, check out If You Have This Bottled Water at Home, Stop Drinking It Now, FDA Says.

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20
Fresno, California

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 153 of 200

Compliance rank: 141 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 195 of 200

Overall score: 43.92

19
Sunrise Manor, Nevada

dusk view, frenchman mountain, city view henderson view pass, nevada
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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 165 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 93 of 200

Overall score: 43.78

18
Enterprise, Nevada

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 165 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 93 of 200

Overall score: 43.78

17
Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 155 of 200

Compliance rank: 188 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 131 of 200

Overall score: 43.4

16
Joliet, Illinois

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 163 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 106 of 200

Overall score: 42.58

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15
Yonkers, New York

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 90 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 120 of 200

Overall score: 42.45

14
Orange, California

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 85 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 126 of 200

Overall score: 42.35

13
Fullerton, California

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 90 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 126 of 200

Overall score: 42.35

12
Patterson, New Jersey

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 78 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 144 of 200

Overall score: 41.74

And for the areas of the country that are lacking in another way, This Is the Most Out-Of-Shape City in the U.S.

11
 Pomona, California

Aerial afternoon view of the historic religious center of downtown Pomona, California, USA.
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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 28 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 147 of 200

Overall score: 41.69

10
Lancaster, California

historic tavern building, mojave desert town, lancaster, california
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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 71 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 147 of 200

Overall score: 41.68

9
Midland, Texas

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 144 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 146 of 200

Overall score: 41.55

8
Torrance, California

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 153 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 147 of 200

Overall score: 41.39

7
Laredo, Texas

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 151 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 156 of 200

Overall score: 41.36

6
Grand Prairie, Texas

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 61 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 165 of 200

Overall score: 41.1

5
Metairie, Louisiana

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 80 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 166 of 200

Overall score: 41.08

4
Cape Coral, Florida

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 84 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 169 of 200

Overall score: 40.86

3
Oceanside, California

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 50 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 182 of 200

Overall score: 39.79

2
Moreno Valley, California

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 50 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 188 of 200

Overall score: 39.54

1
Garden Grove, California

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Consumer satisfaction rank: 157 of 200

Compliance rank: 20 of 200

Infrastructure vulnerability rank: 196 of 200

Overall score: 37.9

To see the full list of 200 U.S. cities' water quality from LawnStarter, including the one with the best, click here.

And for another ranking of parts of the U.S. that are risky in another way, check out This Is the Most Dangerous Small Town in America, According to Data.

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