News of tainted tap water has many Americans wondering about the quality of the water that comes out of their faucets. Whether it's Flint, Michigan, where cost cutting created contaminated drinking water, or excessive lead levels found in 2,000 water systems across the U.S., it's no wonder consumers may be spending more on bottled water even if the local municipal supply is safe. But drinking tap water costs considerably less (and is infinitely more convenient) than repeatedly stocking up on bottled water. In general, good tap water consists of a clean source, careful testing, and thorough filtration and treatment. If contamination is still a concern, the Environmental Protection Agency routinely publishes reports on the safety of public water systems. So, how does your water stack up? Here are some of the best sources of tap water nationwide, based on water quality competitions.
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