Nitrates in Water


US Map of Nitrate Water Contamination Risk

Source of Nitrates in Water: Nitrate is a naturally occurring compound that comes from nitrogen and oxygen. Surface and groundwater can often have benign amounts of nitrate. Unsafe and unnaturally high levels of nitrate generally enter ground water and wells through septic system leaks, feed lots, or most commonly agricultural fertilizers. The EPA's MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level) for nitrate is 10 mg/L or 10 parts per million. Recently, in Wisconsin some counties have found that nearly 50% of wells contained unsafe levels of nitrate. Due to drought conditions that often concentrate the amount of fertilizers in runoff water, other states have detected high nitrate levels as well, including Iowa and Minnesota.

Symptoms of Nitrates: Water contaminated with nitrates can cause serious health effects. Once the nitrates have been digested, they are converted to nitrites. According to the EPA and the CDC, pregnant women and infants are particularly susceptible to the effects of nitrates. Nitrates affect a cell's ability to process oxygen. Infants who have ingested nitrate contaminated water or formula made with contaminated water can develop "blue baby syndrome," a condition which inhibits oxygen's travel in the blood stream, and if not treated can result in death.

Testing Solutions for Nitrates: Test your tap water to determine the nitrate level. Some health departments will offer testing kits for sale to well owners. Fresh Water Systems also offers several testing and monitoring options for your convenience. Please click here for water testing and monitoring solutions.

Filtration Solutions for Nitrates:  Reverse osmosis systemsanion exchange media, and water distillers can reduce the nitrate levels in contaminated water. Please take a look at the products below or contact our water experts who can help you select the perfect nitrate solution for your home or office.


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Aries AF-20-3610 20" x 2.5" Nitrate Reduction FilterAries AF-20-3610 20
Part Number: AF-20-3610
  • Body materials are FDA approved
  • ResinTech® SIR-100-HP anion exchange media
  • Gold Seal and NSF/ANSI Standard 61 Certified
  • Removes nitrates efficiently with low leakage
  • Eliminates the possibility of nitrate dumping upon exhaustion
  • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
  • Capacity: 1100 grains
  • Certifications: Tested and certified by WQA according to NSF/ANSI Standard 61, WQA Gold Seal
  • Length: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 2.5"
  • Filter Media: SIR-100-HP
  • Capacity: 1100 grains Gallons
  • Diameter: 2.5 "
  • Filter Application: Arsenic, Fluoride, Nitrate, Softening, Tannins
  • Micron Rating (Absolute): 25 µm
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Flow Rate: .25 gpm
  • Recommended Flow Rate: .25 gpm
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Aries NRC-20 Nitrate Reduction Filter 20" x 4.5"Aries NRC-20 Nitrate Reduction Filter 20
Part Number: NRC-20
  • Certifications: NSF 61, WQA
  • Length: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Capacity: 1871 Grains
  • Diameter: 4.5 "
  • Filter Application: Nitrate
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
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Pentair FreshPoint GRO-575B 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis SystemPentair FreshPoint GRO-575B 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis System
Part Number: GRO-575B
Alternate Part Number: 161112

  • Certifications: NSF/ANSI 42, NSF/ANSI 58
  • System Production: 75 GPD
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Pentair FreshPoint GRO-575M 5-Stage Monitored Reverse Osmosis SystemPentair FreshPoint GRO-575M 5-Stage Monitored Reverse Osmosis System
Part Number: GRO-575M
Alternate Part Number: 161112

  • Certifications: NSF/ANSI 42, NSF/ANSI 58
  • System Production: 75 GPD
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Axeon CRO-50 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System 50 GPDAxeon CRO-50 High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System 50 GPD
Part Number: 209440
  • Certifications: Certified by WQA to NSF/ANSI Standard 58, NSF/ANSI 58
  • System Type: 5 Stage
  • System Production: 50 GPD
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ITS Complete Home Water Test KitITS Complete Home Water Test Kit
Part Number: 481199
ITS Complete Home Water Test Kit ITS Complete Home Water Test Kit is the first kit that lives up to its name at a significant savings over a typical laboratory cost of $350 and up. Measuring for bacteria, nitrates, nitrites, hydrogen sulfide,...
  • Number of Tests: 2
  • Test Type: Alkalinity, Bacteria, Chlorine, Copper, Nitrates, Nitrites, pH, Total Hardness
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PurTest Complete Home Water Test KitPurTest Complete Home Water Test Kit
Part Number: PT-777
PurTest Complete Home Water Test Kit The PurTest HOME WATER ANALYSIS KIT contains: 1 bacteria test 1 pesticide test (atrazine and simazine)* 2 nitrate tests 2 nitrite tests 2 iron tests 2 hardness tests 2 chlorine tests 2 copper tests 2...
  • Test Type: Alkalinity, Bacteria, Chlorine, Copper, Iron, Lead, Nitrates, Nitrites, Pesticide, pH, Total Hardness
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Nitrate / Nitrite Water Test Strips (25)Nitrate / Nitrite Water Test Strips (25)
Part Number: P0755
  • Result Time: 60 Seconds
  • Number of Tests: 25
  • Test Type: Nitrates, Nitrites
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Aries AF-20-3610-BB 20" x 4-1/2" Nitrate Reduction FilterAries AF-20-3610-BB 20
Part Number: AF-20-3610-BB
  • Certifications: Tested and certified by WQA according to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for material requirements only
  • Length: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Filter Media: SIR-100-HP
  • Capacity: 1871 Grains as CaCO3
  • Filter Application: Nitrate
  • Micron Rating (Nominal): 25 µm
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
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