What's On Tap?: Grading Drinking Water in U.S. Cities

June 11, 2003

This June 2003 NRDC study of drinking water quality in 19 U.S. cities finds that pollution and deteriorating, out-of-date plumbing are sometimes delivering drinking water that might pose health risks to some residents—and unless steps are taken now, tap water will get worse. The report issues grades to each municipal water system studied in three problem areas—water quality and compliance, source water protection, and right-to-know compliance—and outlines a plan for protecting the nation's drinking water supply.