Morgantown, WV

Is Morgantown Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update12:27 am, September 17, 2021

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.99 in USD (1.5-liter)

User Submitted Ratings for Morgantown Tap Water

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33% Low
  • Water Pollution 75% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 67% High
  • Water Quality 25% Low

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Morgantown, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Can You Drink Tap Water in Morgantown?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Morgantown.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for West Virginia, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.

Water Standards

To ensure that tap water is of the highest quality, the EPA prescribes regulations limiting specific contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Drinking water, including bottled water, may be reasonably expected to contain small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

The source of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) includes rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals, and in some cases radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from animals’ presence of human activity.

Therefore, water testing standards are established and enforced by the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and the EPA.

Water Source

In 2020, MUB produced 3.50 billion gallons of drinking water, an average of 9.571 million gallons per day. The primary source of drinking water for the Morgantown area is surface water from the Monongahela River, which supplies 78.9 percent of the area’s drinking water. The remaining21.1 percent of our raw water supply was taken from the Cobun Creek reservoir.

To ensure a safe and acceptable product to our customers, MUB constantly monitors our two raw water sources. The average results of these analyses are shown in the chart to the right. Results for special monitoring related to nearby gas wells are available on MUB’s website by visiting then Services – then under Water Resource Protection orby visiting

MUB works through various water industry associations and watershed groups to promote best management practices, support essential programs and improvements to protect the water environment, and contribute to improved policymaking and regulation affecting our water quality.


Morgantown Utility Board

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Office of Environmental Health Services, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 58023
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 21

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chlorite
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Antimony
  • Barium
  • Bromoform
  • Chlorate
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Strontium
  • Vanadium


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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