DelDOT #11 Bridgeville water has high levels of nitrate –
DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS ONE YEAR OLD
AND YOUNGER OR USE TO MAKE INFANT FORMULA
Water sample results received in 2016 showed average nitrate levels of 13.4 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 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 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. This notice will remain posted for as long as the water exceeds the nitrate standard of 10 ppm.
For more information, please contact Tim Phillips of DelDOT South District at 302-853-1312 or Sharon Scheers 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. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is provided by DelDOT South District.
Public Water System ID#: N/A
Date Distributed: 11/16/16