Nitrate contamination can be found in rural communities all
over the US.
It's an issue in California, and grabbing headlines in Minnesota
Nitrates, as described by the EPA, are "nitrogen-oxygen chemical units which combine with
various organic and inorganic compounds." Unfortunately, those
combinations can be dangerous, and must be taken very seriously if
an individual well or area has a history of nitrate
Globally, the main man made use for nitrates is for fertilization. When nitrates are not
completely absorbed by the soil or the crops, excess can often find
itself in groundwater and surface water supplies, which are in turn
used in residential drinking water systems. With that said,
homes near major agricultural centers should be on high alert for spikes in nitrate contamination. (Despite
its intended use, nitrates are tasteless and odorless.)
Households who believe they may have high levels of nitrates in
their water should invest in a test by a water professional, and then turn their
attention to solving that issue.
When it comes to home water filtration, there are two major
categories: point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE). A POU
solution can be found in a filtration option like reverse osmosis
(RO) technology, which can often been seen installed under kitchen
and bathroom sinks. Reverse osmosis uses pressure and
semi-permeable membranes that can reduce water pollutants, like
nitrates, up to 99%.
A POE system recommended for families with high nitrate problems
would be a Culligan Nitrate Reduction Conditioner. Want to know
more specifics? Ask the Culligan Man for help.