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What is It?

-Nitrates are nitrogen-oxygen chemical compounds utilizing various organic and inorganic materials.

-The most common use of nitrates is as a fertilizer.

Why is it in the environment?

-Nitrates are usually found in the environment as fertilizer or from animal waste.

-Inorganic nitrates which may contaminate drinking water are potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate both of which are widely used as fertilizer.

How does it affect water quality?

-Since they are very soluble and do not bind to soils, nitrates have a high potential to migrate to ground water.

-Nitrates are likely to remain in surface water until it is consumed by plants or other organisms.

How does it affect adults?

-Once taken into the body, nitrates are converted into nitrites.

-Chronic exposure to nitrites above the MCL may lead to: diuresis- which is an excessive increase in amount of urination, as well as starchy deposits and hemorrhaging of the spleen.

How does it affect children?

-Nitrite, leads to blue baby disease in infants.

-This is characterized by interference with the oxygen-carrying capacity of the child’s blood.

-Symptoms include shortness of breath and blueness of the skin.

What are the EPA regulations?

-The MCL for nitrates has been set at 10 ppm, and for nitrites at 1 ppm.