What You Should Know About Nitrates in Iowa Water

Nitrates are released into the ground by fertilization methods, septic leakage, animal manure & decay of natural deposits. Nitrate levels in Iowa  continue to be among the highest in the nation.

Nitrates, consumed over time, can harm the kidneys and spleen.  High nitrate levels in infants can cause shortness of breath and fatal “blue baby” syndrome, due to the inability to carry oxygen through the body.  Once a nitrate enters the body, it converts to a nitrite.  Nitrites have been linked to cancer and other health problems.  The E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) sets the MCL (Maximum Containment Level) & MCLG (Maximum Containment Level Goal) at 10 ppm (parts per million) for nitrate levels in drinking water.  The nitrate level for the month of June, in Des Moines, Iowa, was 7.0 ppm.  You can find a nitrate meter on the Des Moines Water Works website.

Nitrates cannot be boiled from the water.  In fact, boiling increases the amount of nitrates in the water.  As the boiling water evaporates, higher concentrates of nitrates are left over.  Nitrates can only be removed by process of distillation, reverse osmosis, or by anion exchange water processing.  Reverse osmosis would reduce nitrates at the point of use.  Crystal Clear Bottled Water is treated by an anion exchange process and nitrates are not detected in the water after the purification process.  It is pure water, free of all chemicals and carcinogens.

See Crystal Clear Bottled Water and Crystal Clear Water Systems for all your nitrate removal needs and for good, clean, healthy water for your body & home.

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