Pine Haven MHP and Campsite II water has high levels of nitrate –
DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS 6 MONTHS OF AGE OR YOUNGER OR USE TO MAKE INFANT FORMULA
Water sample results received from June 2017 showed nitrate levels averaging 10.5 mg/L. This is above the
nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 10 mg/L adopted by the State of Delaware. Nitrate in
drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.
What should I do?
- DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS. 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. Blue baby syndrome is indicated by blueness of the skin. Symptoms in
infants can develop rapidly, with health deteriorating over a period of days. If symptoms occur, seek medical
- Water, juice, and formula for children under six months of age should not be prepared with tap water. Bottled
water or other water low in nitrates should be used for infants until further notice.
- DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling, freezing, filtering, or letting water stand does not reduce
the nitrate level. Excessive boiling can make the nitrates more concentrated, since nitrates remain when the water evaporates.
- Adults and children older than six months can drink the tap water (nitrate is a concern for infants because
they can’t process nitrates in the same way adults can). However, if you are pregnant or have specific health
concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.
What happened? What is being done?
Nitrate in drinking water can come from natural, industrial, or agricultural sources (including septic systems
and run-off). Levels of nitrate in drinking water can vary throughout the year. We’ll let you know when the
amount of nitrate is again below the limit. This notice will remain posted for as long as the water exceeds the
nitrate standard of 10 mg/L.
Water system will monitor Nitrate levels, and samples will be retested.
For more information, please contact Dale Cohee, Pine Haven MHP #2 at 302-302-422-7117 or Sabrina Youngblood with the
Office of Drinking Water at 302-741-8593.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have
received this notice directly. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Pine Haven MHP and Campsite II.
Public Water System ID#: DE0002002
Date Distributed: 6/30/17