DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS UNDER 6 MONTHS OLD OR USE IT TO MAKE INFANT FORMULA

Drinking water samples, collected on 09/29/2021 and 10/01/2021, showed Nitrate levels of 10.1 mg/I and 11.5 mg/I, respectively. The average result for these two samples (10.8 mg/I) is above the nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 10 mg/L. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.

  • 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. If you are pregnant or have specific health concerns, you may also wish to consult you doctor.
  • Water, juice, and formula for children under six months of age should not be prepared with tap water. Bottled water or another alternate source of water must be provided until the nitrate levels meet the acceptable standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • 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 because nitrates remain behind when the water evaporates.

What Happened? What is being done?

The Town has a current plan of action regarding nitrate removal with IDEM. We are currently working on nitrate removal project.

For more information, please contact the public water system:

JEREMY FARRAR
Phone: 812 457-2044

More information is available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.

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