There are lots of reasons to love living in Florida. Many people envy the year-round warm weather and gorgeous beaches. Sure just like every state, some cities have their flaws. With that being said, we’re happy that St. Petersburg didn’t make the list of having the most contaminated water in the United States. Sadly, there was a Florida City that did.

Here in the United States, the water quality is an issue. Some of our water is contaminated with heavy metals, chemical toxins, and microbial pathogens. This has affected our water supply from coast to coast.

In the summer of 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency put together a proposal for the establishment of the inaugural national drinking water standard. This standard aims to address the perilous presence of six synthetic chemicals that pose a significant threat to human health.

How This List Was Put Together

To create this list 24.7 Tempo looked at data collected by WaterFilterGuru. This is a site that tests and reports on water filtration products. The data is from the environmental working group which analyzed water quality in 70 cities across the United States.

They used data from the Environmental Working Group, which is a nonprofit organization. This organization analyzes water quality in 70 cities across the United States. There was an index created giving a weight of 20 to the number of contaminants that exceed EWG health guidelines, violations issued in each quarter from April 2019 to March 2021 and total contaminants.

Other factors were given a weight of 8. Those factors include levels of specific contaminants in the water, drawn from the environmental testing and data site SimpleLab.

Below are the top 4  American cities with the most contaminated water. I also added the Florida City that made this list as well. The Florida City that made the list came in at number 17 for having the most contaminated water in the United States. You can find the Full list here. If you disagree or have any comments on this list, feel free to email me. You can reach me at  [email protected].

  • Newark, New Jersey

    Newark comes in at #1 on this list. They received a total score of 57.17. Their health guideline violations score is 6.88 which is the 31st worst out of 70 cities.

    NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 02: Water is pumped out of the basement of a home on Clifford Street on September 02, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency due to Tropical Storm Ida which caused flooding and power outages throughout New Jersey as the Northeast was hit by record rain and tornadoes. Numerous deaths in New York and New Jersey have been blamed on the storm. NY Gov. Kathy Hochul has also declared a state of emergency. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    Las Vegas comes in at number 2 on this list. They received a total score of 55.33! Las Vegas also received a heal guideline violations score of 9.38 which is the 6th worst out of 70 cities.

    LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 16: A general exterior view of The Fountains of Bellagio on October 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Pittsburgh comes in at number 3 on this list. They received a total score of 53.35. Their health guideline violations score is 7.50 which is the 23rd worst of of 70 cities.

    NEW EAGLE, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant built along the Monongahela River, 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, on September 24, 2013 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania. The plant, owned by FirstEnergy, will be one of two plants in the region to be shut down, affecting 380 employees. The Evironmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Obama administration have been taking major steps to get coal-fired power plants into compliance with clean air regulations. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Wilmington comes in at number 4 on this list. They received a total score of 52.60 and a health guideline violations score of 20.00 which is the worst out of 70 cities!

    WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - AUGUST 18: A scenic view of the fifth hole during the first round of the BMW Championship at Wilmington Country Club on August 18, 2022 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Jacksonville, Florida

    Jacksonville is the Florida City that made the list for having the most contaminated water! Jacksonville comes in at number 17 on this list. Jacksonville received a total score of 37.37.  The health guideline violations score for Jacksonville is 3.13. Florida is the 65th worst out of 70 cities. Our water is mostly contaminated with strontium which is the worst out of 70 cities that made the list.

    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: The St. Johns River rises from storm surge flood waters from Hurricane Irma on Sept. 11, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. Flooding in downtown Jacksonville along the river topped a record set during Hurricane Dora in 1965. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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