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Nitrates in Drinking Water

Find out how nitrates get in your drinking water and how to remove them

What are nitrates? Nitrates and nitrites are compounds that are formed naturally when nitrogen combines with oxygen or ozone. Nitrogen is essential for life, and nitrates are the primary source of nitrogen in plants. Vegetable and fruits make up for an average of 80% nitrate consumption in humans, and may be beneficial at normal levels, […]

If I boil water, is it safe from contaminates?

Does boiling water remove contaminates?

Short Answer: Properly boiled water will reduce some contaminates, like bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. However, other contaminates, like lead, nitrates, will actually increase in concentration. You might have heard of boiled water advisories when drinking water is contaminated, or boiling water in emergency situations from untrusted water sources. This safety measure is advised when there […]

Podcast: Contaminants in 20 Percent of U.S. Private Wells

Learn about sources of groundwater contamination

More than 20 percent of private, domestic wells contain at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern. About 43 million people—or 15 percent of the Nation’s population—use drinking water from private wells, which are not regulated by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. USGS scientist Leslie Desimone discusses the study, the contaminants found, […]