A Most Intriguing Top 10

LawnStarter is doing more than just connecting landscapers

When it comes to water quality assessments—especially on a range as wide as entire cities—we usually leave the rankings up to trusted organizations like AWWA or WEF.

However, a bold list from LawnStarter (a growing lawn care website popularized by spots on television and in Forbes magazine) was too intriguing, as the group is certainly not considered experts on water…yet.

It pulls no punches; labeling Cleveland “the poster child for water pollution” and praising its neighbor, Columbus, Ohio, who came in first. Here’s the “Top 10”:

  1. Columbus, OH
  2. St. Petersburg, FL
  3. Aurora, CO
  4. Frisco, TX
  5. Overland Park, KS
  6. Naperville, IL
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. Charlotte, NC
  9. Peoria, AZ
  10. Raleigh, NC

Note first of all that the metrics used the 200 most populous U.S. cities, which understandably included a ton of major suburbs. The biggest question remains: Where does LawnStarter get their water information?

The company says it: “ranked the Best Cities for Water Quality by comparing the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on seven key factors — from consumers’ overall satisfaction with their water to the number of water quality violations to the share of homes lacking basic plumbing.”

That’s not enough. Luckily, the methodology and sources listed below give this research a considerable boost.

Using the following Sources: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Numbeo, U.S. Census Bureau, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, LS says it ranked the cities in descending order — from best to worst — based on their individual score totals in the metrics list below. The city that scored the highest ranked No. 1, or “best.”

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