High nitrites reported in Wellman’s water
WELLMAN—The city of Wellman has warned residents not to give tap water to infants.
According to the city’s Web site, on July 3 two samples showed nitrite levels at 1.27 and 1.24 mg/L, which is above the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 1.0 mg/L.
A water line burst last Thursday, causing the system to bypass the reverse osmosis part of the water treatment system, which reduces nitrites in the drinking water. Repairs are being made, but until further testing is done residents are encouraged to use bottled water, especially for infants zero to six months in age.
If the tap water is given to infants, this could cause serious health issues for infants, the Web site said. Water, juice, and formula for children under 6 months of age shouldn’t use tap water until the nitrite levels are considered to be safe.
Adults and children above the age of 6 months can be given tap water, but if there are specific health concerns, including pregnancy, consulting a physician is recommended.