FOR PARENTS OF INFANTS 6 MONTHS AND YOUNGER
DO NOT USE THE WATER FOR INFANT FORMULA
High nitrate levels were detected on June 2, 2016.
Bottled water should be used.
Adults and children older than 6 months can drink the water.
A routine sample collected on June 2, 2016 showed a nitrate concentration in the drinking water of 18.9 mg/L. 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 are working with the Division of Public Health to resolve the nitrate violation.
This notice will remain posted for as long as the water exceeds the nitrate standard of 10mg/L. We will inform you when this problem has
For more information, please contact Joe Godleski at 302-539-4311 or Sabrina Youngblood, Environmental Health Specialist II with the
Office of Drinking Water, at 302-741-8593.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice
State Water System ID#: N/A
Date Distributed: 6/21/16