Private well tests at 7 times the maximum recommended nitrate level
September 19, 2012
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services conducted free testing of well-water samples at an event last week
in central Nebraska. The department's concerns
that the drought had concentrated nitrates in the groundwater proved to be well-founded -- one sample came in at more than seven times the recommended nitrate level
. An ad-hoc committee
of the Nebraska Section of the American Water Works Association recently addressed the dangers of high nitrate levels in drinking water, as well as some of the solutions for controlling high nitrate levels in public water systems. Unfortunately for people who depend upon private wells, there's little that can affordably be done on a household level to bring nitrates under control. Most of the solutions
are expensive and require lots of equipment and investment.