Nitrates in Water

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Should I worry about nitrates in my drinking water?

Nitrates in Water

Nitrates are odorless, colorless compounds that can affect the quality of drinking water. Although minimal levels of nitrates are considered safe by the EPA, too many nitrates are unhealthy and can result in infant deaths in extreme cases. Higher concentration of nitrates are found in rural Colorado and in wells that are improperly positioned. Because nitrate levels vary seasonally, those concerned with nitrate levels in their water should have their water tested at several times during the year.

Carbon water filters are ineffective at treating nitrates in water. Boiling water with nitrates causes the nitrates to increase. To rid your water of nitrates, drill a deeper well or use a reverse osmosis water filter.



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