I knew all of that rain had to be good for something.
Officials at the Dublin Road Water Plant have just announced the all-clear. The two-week nitrate advisory has now been lifted.
The advisory had been issued when nitrate levels reached high levels on June 8th. People were advised that infants under the age of six month were not to consume any tap water. The advisory affected parts of Columbus as well as Grandview Heights, Grove City, Hilliard, Lincoln Village, Marble Cliff, Upper Arlington, Urbancrest, and Valleyview. Roughly 400,000 people live in those areas.
The increased levels were believed to have been caused by material runoff from farmland upriver. But again, we’re all good now. Drink up! (jj)
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*Update – The latest testing from Dublin Road Water Plant shows that current nitrate levels are 10.7 parts per million (ppm). This is down from early last week but still normal levels. The water advisory remains in effect. (jj)
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Nitrate levels in water tested by the Dublin Road Water Plant climbed overnight. Workers were looking at levels of 10.8 parts per million Monday night compared with 11.7ppm Tuesday morning.
The Columbus Division of Water has issued a nitrate advisory to parents of infants six month old and younger. This affects homes that receive water from the Dublin Road Water Plant. This means parts of Columbus, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Hilliard, Lincoln Village, Marble Cliff, Upper Arlington, Urbancrest, and Valleyview. Tap water should not be given to infants and not used in preparation of formula, cereal or other foods.
From the Columbus Division of Water’s nitrate advisory:
As directed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and in collaboration with our public health agencies, the city issues the following health effects notification: Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrates in excess of the maximum contaminant level could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and what is known as blue baby syndrome, indicated by blueness of the skin. Residents who live in the designated service area and have an infant below the age of six months are advised to purchase bottled water to use in baby formula. DO NOT BOIL THE TAPWATER; boiling increases nitrate levels in the tap water. Healthy adults and older children can consume higher levels of nitrate because they have fully developed digestive systems. Nitrate is commonly consumed by older children and adults as it is contained in many foods such as processed meats and lettuce. Those who are pregnant, nursing or have any medical conditions should consult their doctor on nitrate concerns.
The advisory affects nearly 400,000 people. Officials say that the water is safe for older children and adults to drink. Its also safe for pets. The advisory will remain in place until further notice. Officials say that this will likely be at least a few more days.
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