High Levels Of Nitrate Found In Public Drinking Water, Samples To Be Retaken

WAYNE – A “Notice to the City of Wayne” was released Tuesday morning for Wayne water customers.

The announcement came according to a release from the City of Wayne, in accordance with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Regulations Governing Public Water Systems.

Consumers of the public water supply system are being notified that the system is in violation of the established nitrate drinking water standard of 10 milligrams per liter. Nitrate has been measured at an average concentration of 12 milligrams per liter in two samples which were collected from this system between Tuesday, November 13 – Monday, November 26, 2018.

Officials are asking to 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 have a blue tint to their lips and skin due to the lack of oxygen. Adults and children older than six months can drink tap water with nitrates being a concern for infants. But, for those with specific health concerns may want to consult your doctor.

Do not boil the water. Boiling, freezing or letting water sand does not reduce the nitrate level as excessive boiling can make the nitrates more concentrated.

For additional information, contact Water Supervisor Jeff Brady at 402-375-5250 or 402-375-9129. Other questions may also be addressed to City Administrator Wes Blecke at 402-375-1733. Bottled water is available by contacting the City Hall as well.

Samples will be retaken as soon as allowed and the City of Wayne will notify the public as soon as the amount of nitrate is again below the limit.