In recent years, people around the world are getting increasingly cautious with the kind of food they eat. People nowadays care about their health more than any time in the past. I personally couldn’t help thinking whether or not the United States, as one of the leading countries of the world, has issues about food or water we have each day?
With this question, I searched online the list of the cities having the worst condition in this country. If you have never tried feeling how it is like to live in a city which has the top worst water condition, it’s time for you to be shocked.
With 23 different toxins, including high volumes of carcinogenic trihalomethanes, lead and arsenic, Jacksonville’s water appears to be anything but pure. In fact, during one test, trihalomethane levels were two times the EPA legal limit.
2.San Diego, CA:
The country’s eighth-largest city provides water to numerous residents. Unfortunately, 24/7 Wall St says that water contains at least 20 contaminants, including two chemicals that exceeded the EPA’s legal limit.
3.North Las Vegas:
Mostly fed by groundwater and the Colorado River, North Las Vegas’s water supply didn’t contain any chemicals exceeding legal limits. It did, however contain a total of 26 contaminants, including high levels of radioactive uranium.
Fed by the Missouri and Platte Rivers, Omaha’s water supply contained at least four chemicals above legal amounts, including manganese, nitrate and nitrite, trihalomethanes and atrazine, a herbicide linked to human birth defects.
The fourth-largest U.S. city gets its water from Lake Houston, the San Jacinto Rivers and the Trinity River. Within this water, over 46 pollutants were detected, including radioactive alpha particles and haloacetic acids from disinfection byproducts.
In addition to arsenic and manganese, Reno’s water supply was found to contain eight chemicals at levels above EPA health guidelines, including tetrachloroethylene, an industrial solvent and dry cleaning chemical.
7.Riverside County, CA:
A 7,200-square-mile area located north of San Diego, Riverside County gets its water from the Bay Delta. Within that water, 13 chemicals were found that exceeded recommended health guidelines.
8.Las Vegas, NV:
Fed by the Colorado River, Las Vegas’ water supply contained 12 pollutants exceeding EPA health guidelines, including lead, arsenic, radium-228 and radium-226.
In addition to the same problems facing county residents, Riverside city residents drink an unusually unhealthy water supply containing 15 chemicals that exceeded health guidelines, along with traces of uranium and bromoform.
Situated along the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola ranks as having the worst water quality in the country, thanks to 45 total chemicals. Of these, 21 were found at unhealthy amounts, with the worst being lead, benzene, tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, radium-228 and -228. Pensacola’s water was also found to contain chloroform and cyanide. ①
I believe you at the very least find two shocking news in the list, don’t you? Yes, Riverside County and Riverside, right where we are living right now. It is undeniable our physical health is being affected more or less, however, this is also a great lesson for us to learn, that it is our very responsibility to try helping to make here a better place. The purpose of this article is not to hurt anyone’s feeling in any form, but to encourage people to have the concept of environmental protection.
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” ——Genesis 2:15
①”Top Ten Worst Water Cities in the US.” Pelican Water. December 30, 2014. AccessedJanuary04,2017.http://www.pelicanwater.com/blog/top-10-worst-water-