New Website Educates Consumers About The Amount of Lead In Their Drinking Water

Data from site declares New Orleans a 'worst tap water city'

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – PUR Water Filtration, a Helen of Troy Limited business, announced today the launch of, the nation’s first and only free educational website featuring the largest collection of U.S. water quality data ever assembled.

The new website includes data from more than 148,000 public water systems and tracks more than 100 unique contaminants from official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and water quality reports from local municipalities.

The user-friendly, interactive site utilizes animation and engaging graphics to take visitors on the journey of water from the local water treatment facility to their tap.

Users also receive individualized reports about the lead and contaminant levels in their water, as well as source and treatment information. The site is optimized for all screens, including smartphones and tablets.

“We use tap water every day, for multiple reasons, without knowing what’s in it,” said Deb Mudway, Marketing Vice President, Helen of Troy Home. “That’s why we created – a simple, easy-to-use site that helps consumers learn about the possible contaminants in their water in a transparent and easy to understand format.”

PUR queried its extensive database to determine which U.S. cities on average had the worst and best tap water, based on reported lead levels. The following is a list of the nation’s best and worst tap water cities.

Best Tap Water Cities: Hartford, CT; Tampa, FL; Newport, VA; Fayetteville, NC; Portsmouth, VA; Battle Creek, MI; Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO; Albuquerque, NM; Greensboro, NC; Jacksonville, FL; and Santa Fe, NM

Worst Tap Water Cities: Portland, OR; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Denver, CO; Akron, OH; Chicago, IL; York, PA; Milwaukee, WI; New Orleans, LA; and Boston, MA 2

For more information on local water quality in cities throughout the country, visit

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