Nitrates (NO3) in drinking water usually originates from fertilizers or from animal or human wastes. Nitrate concentrations in water tend to be highest in areas of intensive agriculture or where there is a high density of septic systems.
Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Nitrate levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Nitrate levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality - Nitrate
- USEPA - Nutrient Pollution
- CDC - Drinking Water - Nitrate and Drinking Water from Private Wells
- ODH Health Assessment Fact Sheet - Nitrate and Nitrites
- ODH Health Assessment Fact Sheet - Treatment Technologies for Removing Nitrates in Drinking Water
- Water Systems Council - wellcare® information for you about Nitrate and Nitrite and Groundwater