While finding some nitrate in our water supply is normal and not particularly harmful, high levels of nitrate in water can pose a potential threat to individuals, especially infants, pregnant women, and elderly individuals. Levels of nitrate that are too high in drinking water can put individuals at risk for:
- Nitrogen poisoning, characterized by decreased oxygen and blood flow
- Respiratory distress
- “Blue baby syndrome” or “methemoglobinemia” in infants
- Digestive problems
Although infants are the most susceptible to nitrogen poisoning, any individual of any age can experience adverse effects when excessive levels of nitrate are present in drinking water. Nitrogen is odorless and tasteless, making water testing essential if you think nitrate levels in your water are high.
At American Water TX, our experts can test drinking water for nitrates and other harmful chemicals that pose a risk to you and your family’s health. We also offer a number of water filtration systems that can help make a difference in the quality of your water. Call our offices today at (512) 388-0022 to learn more from one of our specialists today.