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Al’s Country Store
Water has high levels of nitrate


Water sample results collected on February 11, 2015 and March 6, 2015 showed nitrate levels of 14.7 ppm and 14.5 ppm. This is above the nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 10 ppm 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 attention immediately.
  • 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 behind 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. We will investigate options to lower the nitrate levels below 10 mg/L. We anticipate resolving the problem within one year.

For more information, please contact Mr. Thomas Blanchfield at (410) 479-0295 or Ed Hallock at 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 being sent to you by Al’s Country Store.

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Date Distributed: 03/24/15