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DRINKING WATER NOTICE


WARNING
FOR PARENTS OF INFANTS 6 MONTHS AND YOUNGER
DO NOT USE THE WATER FOR INFANT FORMULA

High nitrate levels were detected on July 18, 2017.

Bottled water should be used. We are providing bottled water for infants and their families at Taco Chabelita.

Adults and children older than 6 months can drink the water.

A routine sample collected on July 18, 2017, with a confirmation sample collected on July 24, 2017, showed a nitrate concentration in the drinking water of 10.7 and 10.5. This is above the nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level, of 10 mg/L that the State of Delaware, Division of Public Health has adopted.

Possible Health Effects

Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the maximum contaminant level could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome. Blue baby syndrome is indicated by blueness of the skin. Nitrate is a concern for infants because they cannot process nitrates in the same way adults can.

Symptoms in infants can develop rapidly, with health deteriorating over a period of days. If symptoms occur in a child less than 6 months old, seek medical attention immediately.

If you are pregnant or have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

Steps We Are Taking

We anticipate resolving the problem within 30 days. We will inform you when this problem has been corrected.

For more information, please contact Isabel Bamirta of Taco Chabelita at 302-725-7475 or Sharon Scheers Environmental Health Specialist II with the Office of Drinking Water at 302-741-8630.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly.

State Water System ID#: DE00A0335

Date Distributed: 08/16/17



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