1-844-355-5575
1-844-355-5575
1-844-355-5575
1-877-216-6914
United States

Nitrates in Water

Along with water contaminants like lead and arsenic, nitrates in water can be difficult to detect because they are generally odourless, tasteless, and colourless. This means the only way to know whether they are present in your water or not is to have it tested.

Nitrates are common contaminants of groundwater, especially in rural areas, as they find their way into water sources through fertilizers, septic systems, and manure storage.

Effects of nitrates in water

Populations most susceptible to elevated nitrate levels in water include infants, since their bodies are too small to effectively handle increases in the levels of nitrogen. In adults, excess nitrate consumption can lead to carcinogen creation in the body, as the excess nitrogen interacts negatively with normal body chemistry.

Is my water at risk?

Due to the widespread nature of some levels of dissolved nitrates in water, municipal sources are generally tested regularly, and if elevated levels are found, steps are taken to identify the potential sources of elevated nitrogen. While some levels of nitrates in water are naturally occurring and normal, problems can arise when human activities cause normal levels to exceed what can naturally be moderated by our bodies.

Those relying on well water have a potentially higher risk for nitrates in their water, and should have their water tested regularly to rule out any contamination. Health Canada limits the drinking water limit for nitrates in water to 45 mg/L. Levels any higher than that should be treated.

What are nitrates?

Nitrates are naturally occurring ions present in organic matter and water. Our ecosystem depends on nitrogen to operate, so nitrates are widespread and common. The problems arise when human activity creates imbalances in the normal levels of nitrates in water.

Nitrates are also commonly used to cure meats, and can often be found in packaged and prepared foods. However, these levels are often minimal and generally do not contribute to problems experienced by nitrates in water. 

Culligan Satisfaction Guarantee

If you are dissatisfied with your Culligan product for any reason within 30 days of your purchase, Culligan will remove the product and refund the purchase price.

 
Global text/links:
Zip/postal code text: Enter your postal code
Find button text: Find My Culligan Man
Dealer locator link: Dealer Results
Contact button text: Contact Us Today
Search field text: Search Culligan
Search button text: GO
Search results link: /ca/search-results
Home/Office/General Contact Form Side Panel:

Contact your local water expert

Your local Culligan Man
can make an expert
recommendation about
which product is right for you.

Find a
Culligan Man near you.

Commercial/Industrial Contact Form Side Panel:

Contact Culligan

Schedule a free consultation today.

Our commercial water treatment professionals are ready to hear from you.

Contact Culligan

Home/General Side Panel:

Need your

water tested?

Schedule a FREE
In-Home Water Test for
Your Specific Solution.

We'll find a
Culligan Man near you.

1-844-355-5575

Contact Culligan

Office Side Panel:

Contact your local water expert

Your local Culligan Man can recommend the right solutions for your office.

1-844-355-5575

Contact Culligan

Commercial Side Panel:

Schedule a free consultation

Our commercial water treatment professionals are ready to hear from you.

1-844-355-5575

Contact Culligan

Industrial Side Panel:

Scheule a free consultation

Our industrial water treatment professionals are ready to hear from you.

1-877-216-6914

Contact Culligan