These Are The 10 Indiana Cities With The Worst Water


Flint, Michigan is in the news. You might be shocked about what some Indiana cities look like underground.

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With all of the discussion about the horrible water quality in Flint, Michigan, we thought it would be interesting (and beneficial) to look at the quality of the water in other states in America.

Like Indiana, for instance. You may (or may not) be aware, but the water quality in Indiana also has some issues. The purpose of this post is to quickly list the places with the worst water, and provide a list at the bottom for you to check the water quality in your area.

Here are the 10 places with the worst water quality in Indiana:

  1. Indianapolis
  2. Lawrence
  3. Greenfield
  4. Beech Grove
  5. Cumberland
  6. Noblesville
  7. Fishers
  8. Carmel
  9. Westfield
  10. Yorktown

Before you get all upset, rest assured that we didn’t use our own personal opinion. We looked at the water quality, as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Indianapolis and a few of its suburbs scored the absolute lowest possible – and several of its affluent northern suburbs apparently have very bad water, too.

Sounds like some phone calls need to be made?

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How we determined the worst water quality in Indiana

In order to find the places with the worst water in Indiana, we used the EPA reporting data to gather up all of the places in the state.

Example: https://www.bestplaces.net/health/city/indiana/indianapolis

The EPA has a complex method for measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators.

Next, we ranked the 100 most populated cities in Indiana according to the lowest EPA water scores. The worse EPA water quality scores are at the top of the chart below.

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The following numbers are based on a score of 1 to 100. A ‘1’ is the absolute worst, and ‘100’ is the best water quality, according to the EPA. The national average is 55.

1. Indianapolis

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 831,320
EPA water quality: 1

2. Lawrence

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,303
EPA water quality: 1

3. Greenfield

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,874
EPA water quality: 1

4. Beech Grove

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,303
EPA water quality: 1

5. Cumberland

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,203
EPA water quality: 1

6. Noblesville

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,394
EPA water quality: 10

7. Fishers

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,404
EPA water quality: 10

8. Carmel

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,909
EPA water quality: 10

9. Westfield

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,293
EPA water quality: 10

10. Yorktown

Boring Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,393
EPA water quality: 10

Now That You Know

You might be smart enough to know that where you live isn’t pollution free. But this was a pretty eye-opening list, considering that in a lot of the Indianapolis area, the water quality is just about as bad as you can get, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Detailed List of Water Quality In Indiana

These are based on a scale of 1 to 100, where 1 is the worst. The national average is 55.

City Water Score Rank
Indianapolis 1 1
Lawrence 1 2
Greenfield 1 3
Beech_Grove 1 4
Cumberland 1 5
Noblesville 10 6
Fishers 10 7
Carmel 10 8
Westfield 10 9
Yorktown 10 10
Muncie 10 11
Mount_Vernon 13 12
Hartford_City 20 13
Bluffton 20 14
Decatur 20 15
Crawfordsville 20 16
New_Albany 20 17
New_Haven 23 18
Fort_Wayne 23 19
Vincennes 25 20
Zionsville 25 21
Mooresville 26 22
Tipton 27 23
Alexandria 27 24
Bargersville 27 25
New_Whiteland 27 26
Garrett 27 27
Ellettsville 27 28
Elwood 27 29
Danville 27 30
Martinsville 27 31
Avon 27 32
Auburn 27 33
Frankfort 27 34
Brownsburg 27 35
Franklin 27 36
Greenwood 27 37
Anderson 27 38
Bloomington 27 39
Evansville 27 40
Gas_City 30 41
North_Manchester 30 42
Batesville 30 43
Angola 30 44
Lowell 30 45
Wabash 30 46
Cedar_Lake 30 47
Madison 30 48
Lake_Station 30 49
Dyer 30 50
Griffith 30 51
Huntington 30 52
Munster 30 53
Crown_Point 30 54
Hobart 30 55
East_Chicago 30 56
Marion 30 57
Merrillville 30 58
Hammond 30 59
Gary 30 60
Lawrenceburg 33 61
Hidden_Valley 33 62
Bright 33 63
Westville 33 64
Charlestown 33 65
Brazil 33 66
Chesterton 33 67
La_Porte 33 68
Clarksville 33 69
Valparaiso 33 70
Michigan_City 33 71
Jeffersonville 33 72
Terre_Haute 33 73
Greencastle 38 74
Linton 40 75
North_Vernon 40 76
Columbia_City 40 77
Greensburg 40 78
Washington 40 79
Bedford 40 80
New_Castle 40 81
Columbus 40 82
West_Lafayette 44 83
Lafayette 44 84
Kendallville 45 85
Notre_Dame 47 86
Granger 47 87
Mishawaka 47 88
Kokomo 47 89
Tell_City 50 90
Logansport 50 91
Boonville 53 92
Monticello 60 93
Dunlap 60 94
Nappanee 60 95
Connersville 60 96
Warsaw 60 97
Goshen 60 98
Elkhart 60 99
Huntingburg 67 100
Jasper 67 101

2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Indiana Cities With The Worst Water

  1. Interesting post. Unfortunately, your post mistakenly implies that the quality of drinking water in the Indianapolis area is poor. It is true that water quality in Indianapolis area rivers and streams is very poor. However, the quality of the drinking water in Indianapolis is very high thanks to proper water treatment by local water companies including the primary water provider Citizens Energy Group.

    Since acquiring the Indianapolis water and wastewater systems in 2011, Citizens has invested about $1 billion to improve the systems. Our water system investments are reducing wasteful water main breaks, improving treatment plants, and ensuring adequate water supply for future years. We are executing about $3 billion of investments in our wastewater system over the next decade to eliminate sewer overflows that are currently polluting area waterways each time it rains as little as a quarter of an inch. The primary solution is our Dig Indy Project, a system of tunnels we are building to capture and prevent sewer overflows. While these system investments are expensive, they will produce immeasurable benefits for quality of life in Central Indiana. For more about the problems in our local water and wastewater systems and the solutions we are implementing, go to http://www.CitizensEnergyGroup.com.

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