Is Parkersburg Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update12:37 am, June 2, 2021

The estimated price of bottled water

$2 in USD (1.5-liter)

User Submitted Ratings for Parkersburg Tap Water

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

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

Can You Drink Tap Water in Parkersburg?

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 Parkersburg.

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

If you live in Parkersburg West Virginia, one thing is for certain, your tap water is not clean. That is exactly where I am located, and it is highly unlikely that there are any other areas in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area that have such terrible tap water as I do. I was shocked when I performed my research online to find out how many different companies were making their own private drinking water. I also discovered that there are no federal regulations regarding the quality of this nasty stuff that is pumped into our water supplies. The sad part about all of this is that no one seems to be taking any action to regulate this criminal activity, and it is ultimately causing us all a huge amount of danger.

You see, I moved to Parkersburg a little over two years ago, and I did not own a water filter or even have any plans whatsoever to use one for that matter. I also found that it was very convenient to be able to turn on the tap and instantly receive fresh, clean water that was free of impurities and smells. Then I started getting strange run-offs, which would eventually ruin my lawn, and I became very concerned. It is only a small town, but there are literally dozens of different chemical distributors within a two-mile radius. I immediately called my town hall and informed them of my situation, and I was promptly told that my water had been “drawn” by a private company without the necessary permits.

I don’t know what happened next, but after a short while, I noticed that everything was “coming back to normal”. However, I still had some major concerns, such as the fact that I was constantly getting strange, foul-smelling odors coming from underneath my house. I also found out that my yard had taken on a rather odorous appearance. Luckily, all of these things have now been resolved, thanks to the wonderful resources which are available to me through the services of a great plumbing company in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Thank goodness someone thought to block out these dangerous chemical substances before I got in a huge mess.


Parkersburg Water Department

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: 34251
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Groundwater
  • Total: 21

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

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

Other Detected Contaminants

  • 1%2C4-Dioxane
  • Barium
  • Chlorate
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Molybdenum
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • Strontium


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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