Nitrates in Drinking Water
December 28, 2023
Nitrates are among the most common water contaminants homeowners in America with well water face today. But what exactly are nitrates and how can you protect your home and family from them?
What are Nitrates?
Nitrates are organic compounds formed when nitrogen is exposed to oxygen. While nitrogen is a natural an essential element, high levels of nitrates in drinking water can be detrimental to your health.
How do nitrates get into my water?
There are several common causes of elevated nitrates in your drinking water. Because they are an organic compound, they can occur naturally. Elevated levels of nitrates are typically caused by external environmental impacts such as well construction, overuse of fertilizers, human waste or poor septic system construction, industrial or agricultural runoff, and flooding.
How do I know if I have nitrates in my water?
Unfortunately, nitrates are a tasteless and odorless compound. To see the level of nitrates in your home precisely, a water sample test must be done. Bluedrop offers tests for nitrates as well as many other contaminants that may be present in your water.
What are the health effects of nitrates?
The effects of nitrates on the human body are constantly being explored and researched. The health implications of nitrate exposure can include:
- Blue baby syndrome
- Increased risk of cancer development:
- Childhood brain tumors
How do I eliminate nitrates from my water?
Getting your nitrate levels to zero is typically accomplished with a reverse osmosis system. The process of RO can eliminate up to 99% of contaminants in your water, including nitrates. These systems can be installed in your kitchen to supply your home with endless safe and great tasting water on demand. Traditional carbon-based filtration systems are usually great options for homeowners, but they are not recommended for nitrate filtration.