Q&A: Should I be concerned about high nitrate levels in drinking water?
I am nine weeks pregnant and work in a small community that has high nitrates in their water. The EPA safe level is 10 and here it is 11. There are warnings posted for pregnant women. How careful do I need to be? I don't drink any tap water or any beverage with ice cubes, but what about food that is either cooked in tap water or washed with tap water? This town is 20 miles from my home, and it is convenient for me to order lunch from the restaurant here. Thank you for your help!
This is a serious biochemical question.
The levels are certainly close to what is considered safe, but I would contact your state’s environmental quality office (DEQ) to get an answer you can rely on. If that doesn’t work, I’d then contact the CDC in Atlanta or check their web site.
I don’t mean to cop out, but these are the guys who can tell you whether you’re at risk at all.
And then if THAT doesn’t get you info,
you can always contact the media–they’re such prostitutes for panicky stories, they’re sure to find the info to juice up a news story.