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Wellman’s Water Could Sicken, Even Kill Infants Younger Than 6 Months

Posted: Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 1:51 pm

The City of Wellman says infants younger than 6 months could become seriously ill, or even die, from drinking the city’s water.  Symptoms include shortness of breath and “blue baby syndrome”, a condition indicated by an infant’s skin color that requires immediate medical attention. Testing indicates the level of nitrates present in Wellman’s tap water exceed state regulations, and present a health hazard that cannot be remedied with boiling or other purifying techniques.  The city says infants younger than 6 months can’t process the high level of nitrates, but children older than 6 months and adults are able to drink tap  water.  Pregnant woman women and anyone with specific health concerns are encouraged to consult a doctor.  For more information, call the City of Wellman at 319.646.2154.