Des Moines Water Works is still proud about Forbes.com awarding Des Moines the top spot on the list of Best Cities for Clean Drinking Water, in their April 2008 study. The study was conducted using data from consumer confidence reports provided annually by community water systems and compiled by University of Cincinnati researchers in 2006 in its “United States Drinking Water Quality Study Report.”
The Forbes.com article states, “Though the drinking water supply across much of the U.S. meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water standards, contaminant concentrations do vary from city to city. Forbes.com found that the metropolitan statistical areas with some of the cleanest water on tap include Des Moines, Iowa; Austin, Texas; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Other cities with sparkling clean water include Miami, Florida, and Birmingham, Alabama.”
The article continues with, “Iowa’s capital city ranked best on our list of U.S. cities with the cleanest drinking water. The insurance industry center and home of the Iowa Caucus had the second lowest level of bacteria in its drinking water and ranked in the top 15 for lowest levels of lead, turbidity and haloacetic acid.”
Des Moines Water Works releases its annual Consumer Confidence Report every June in customers’ monthly statement. Current and past water quality reports can be found on DMWW’s website. For more than 15 years, water supplied by Des Moines Water Works meets and surpasses all state and federal drinking water standards.
A copy of the full article by Forbes.com can be found at: http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/14/water-cities-drinking-forbeslife-cx_avd_0414health.html.