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Office of Drinking Water


Holly Lake Campsites System 1 water has high levels of nitrate:


Drinking water samples collected on 05/18/2021 and 05/20/2021 showed a nitrate concentration in the drinking water of 12 mg/L and 11 mg/L respectively. The average of these results is above the nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level, of 10 mg/L that the State of Delaware, Division of Public Health has adopted. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.

What should I do? What does this mean?

  • DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS. *Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the MCL 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. Symptoms in infants can develop rapidly, with health deteriorating over a period of days. If symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Water, juice, and formula for children under six months of age should not be prepared with tap water. Bottled water or other water low in nitrates should be used for infants until further notice.
  • DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling, freezing, filtering, or letting water stand does not reduce the nitrate level. Excessive boiling can make the nitrates more concentrated, since nitrates remain when the water evaporates.
  • Adults and children older than six months can drink the tap water (nitrate is a concern for infants because they can't process nitrates in the same way adults can). However, if you are pregnant or have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

What is being done?

The nitrate removal system is being repaired and will be put back in service.

For more information, please contact Kenny Hokins at 302-945-3410 or Kevin Cottman, Environmental Health Specialist III 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. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*

This notice is being sent to you by: Holly Lake Campsites System 1

Public Water System ID#: DE0001801

Date distributed: 05/27/2021