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Kansas City, Mo., tap water ranks first nationally

According to a recent study, Kansas City, Mo., has the cleanest tap water of the 50 largest cities in the United States.

The research was conducted by, a for-profit group that studies healthy living. Tap water quality was ranked using data from the Environmental Working Group national water quality database, which comes from the EPA.

"The results of this study further validate what the people who live in Kansas City have known for years -- that we have the best water in the region. According to these newly released findings, our water is the best in the U.S.," said Frank Pogge, director of the City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department.

The city that ranked second was Portland, Ore.

"From the associates at our lab and water supply to the crews at our 18th Street location and throughout the department, we have some of the most dedicated people working smarter every day. They know how to do it right," Pogge said.

The Water Services Department maintains and operates drinking water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management and control systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in the Kansas City region. Operation is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not by taxes.

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