Wednesday, April 22, 2020
DRINKING WATER WARNING
VILLAGE OF ALLEN HAS HIGH LEVELS OF NITRATE
DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS UNDER 6 MONTHS OLD OR USE IT TO MAKE INFANT FORMULA
In accordance with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Regulations Governing Public Water Supply Systems, the consumers of the Village of Allen public water supply system are hereby notified that the system is in violation of the established nitrate drinking water standard of 10 milligrams per liter. Nitrate has been measured at the average concentration of 11 milligrams per liter in two samples collected from this system on April 14, 2020.
- DO NOT allow infants, pregnant women, or nursing mothers to drink the water. Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the MCL may experience shortness of breath and nave a blue tin to their lips and skin do to a lack of oxygen. this is referred to as "blue baby syndrome." Symptoms in infants can develop rapidly. 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. Alternative water, such as bottled water or water filtered to remove nitrate, should be used for infants until further notice.
- Do not boil the water. Boiling, freezing, or letting water stand does not reduce the nitrate level. Excessive boiling can make the nitrates more concentrated, because nitrates remain behind when the water evaporates.
- Adults and children older that six months can drink the tap water (nitrate is a concern for infants because they cannot process nitrates in the same way adults can). However, if you have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.
Nitrate is drinking water can come from natural, industrial, or agricultural sources (including septic systems and run-off). Levels of nitrate in drinking water can vary throughout the year. We'll let you know when the amount of nitrate is again below the limit.
Corrective actions taken: The Village will furnish water for infants 6 months of age or younger, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. The Village will also continue testing.
There is no known resolution date at this time.
For additional information regarding this notice, please contract Rick Chase at 402-635-2444.
There is water in the entry way of the office for anyone needing it.