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DRINKING WATER NOTICE


WARNING
FOR PARENTS OF INFANTS 6 MONTHS AND YOUNGER
DO NOT USE THE WATER FOR INFANT FORMULA

High nitrate levels were detected in May 2017.
Bottled water should be used.
Adults and children older than 6 months can drink the water.

Routine samples collected in August 2017 showed an average nitrate concentration in the drinking water of 12.55 mg/L. This is above the nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level, of 10 mg/L that the State of Delaware, Division of Public Health has adopted.

Possible Health Effects

  • Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the maximum contaminant level could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome. Blue baby syndrome is indicated by blueness of the skin. Nitrate is a concern for infants because they cannot process nitrates in the same way adults can.
  • Symptoms in infants can develop rapidly, with health deteriorating over a period of days. If symptoms occur in a child less than 6 months old, seek medical attention immediately.
  • If you are pregnant or have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

Steps We Are Taking

We will investigate the installation of treatment or drilling a new well to resolve the nitrate issue.

We anticipate resolving the problem within six months. We will inform you when this problem has been corrected.

For more information, please contact Charles Smith of T.S. Smith and Sons, Inc. at 302-236-9806 or Sharon Scheers, Environmental Health Specialist II with the Office of Drinking Water, at 302-741-8630.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly.

This notice is provided by T.S. Smith and Sons, Inc.

Public Water System ID#: N/A

Date Distributed: 9/29/17



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