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Tap water in Boston proper and certain surrounding communities comes from the MWRA and they have to publish reports on the quality, and MWRA usually come out pretty good. For example, see this report: http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/monthly/wqupdate/qual3wq.htm As I recall the MWRA switched from chlorine to ozone (oxygen) to treat water a couple years, with a ...


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As others have said, the municipal tap water everywhere in the US is regularly tested and is "safe", save, perhaps for a few very small towns, or a larger town here and there which may be having temporary difficulties. Do be aware that there are many private wells and the like, especially in rural areas, and, unlike municipal supplies, they are not ...


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Publicly available water in the US is held to a legally enforceable standard by the EPA through the Safe Drinking Water Act. The minimum standards are listed here if you are interested. If water deviates from these the local drinking water authority is required to make those deviations quite public. For example, recently, near where I live, there was a ...


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I don't think its very safe. Because tap water may contain germs and it could be polluted in many ways. So my suggestion is filter your water before drinking. Though it is little bit costly but it will keep you safer.


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Note that a lot of houses in the US have their own well - that is, they don't get water from the utility but straight from the ground. Not something you expect in a "first world" country, but given the size of the place, not actually all that strange. According to the EPA, about 15% of Americans have "private water supply". Whether those are safe depends on ...


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U.S. municipal water systems provide drinkable tap water. Most of them add chlorine compounds to sterilize the water. (Of course, if you want to be certain that the water is sterile, you need to boil it or chemically treat it yourself.) Many also add fluoride compounds, allegedly to prevent dental cavities. The biggest problem with American "tap water" ...


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Yes, tap water in the US is regularly tested and drinkable except when explicitly noted. For example, here in Portland, Oregon we usually have a "boil alert" (i.e. boil your tap water before drinking it) about once a year for a couple days because a regular sample indicates possible E. Coli contamination. There usually isn't, but they get the warning out ...


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First off, except in the case of short-term disasters, tap water is safe to drink everywhere in the United States. In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates tap water quality. The Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water as a food. EPA standards are stricter than FDA standards. For bottled water products that are bottled and sold ...


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Tap water in MA is quite drinkable; I've lived here for over 30 years, drinking it. No funny colors or odors, either.


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Almost all tap water in the US is drinkable. The exceptions are generally noted and announced and temporary.



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