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.

Filtration 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 options in water testing and monitoringReverse osmosis systemsanion exchange media, and water distillers can reduce the nitrate levels in contaminated water. Contact our water experts who can help you select the perfect nitrate solution for your home or office. 


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Bacteria Check Kit w/ Nitrite, Nitrate and AmmoniaBacteria Check Kit w/ Nitrite, Nitrate and Ammonia
Part Number: 481198
Alternate Part Number: PT-700
Bacteria Check Kit w/Nitrite, Nitrate and Ammonia Features: Is your water safe from bacteria? Bacteria Check is the first drinking water quality test kit to test for the 4 major concerns in water:bacteria, nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia. Both...
  • Result Time: 48 Hours
  • Number of Tests: 2 - Nitrite, Nitrate, Ammonia Test -- 1 Bacteria (Coliform) Test
  • Test Type: Ammonia, Bacteria, Nitrates, Nitrites
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Iron Hardness PLUS Test KitIron Hardness PLUS Test Kit
Part Number: PT-702
Alternate Part Number: P0301
Iron Hardness PLUS Test Kit The PurTest Iron Hardness PLUS Test Kit is a best selling water quality analysis tool, and includes tests for 6 additional water problems; 8 different tests in one kit: IRON can stain plumbing fixtures and laundry,...
  • Number of Tests: 2
  • Test Type: Chlorine, Copper, Iron, Nitrates, Nitrites, pH
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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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Nitrate / Nitrite Water Test Strips (25)Nitrate / Nitrite Water Test Strips (25)
Part Number: PO756-25
Nitrate / Nitrite Water Test Strips (25) Nitrate / Nitrite test strips for water quality testing are the ideal solution when portable, reliable results matter. Whether testing well water or using them as a routine home testing solution, these...
  • Result Time: 60 Seconds
  • Number of Tests: 25
  • Test Type: Nitrates, Nitrites
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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...View Details
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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
  • Filter Application: Nitrate
  • Micron Rating (Nominal): 25 µm
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Length: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
  • Capacity: 1871 Grains as CaCO3
  • Filter Media: SIR-100-HP
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Pentek RO-2550 4-Stage 50 GPD NSF Certified Reverse Osmosis SystemPentair Water RO-2550 4-Stage 50 GPD NSF Certified Reverse Osmosis System
Part Number: 161079
  • NSF/ANSI Certified Standard 58
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  • Under the sink installation
  • 50 Gallon Per Day Thin Film Composite Membrane
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  • Includes Chrome Air Gap Faucet
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  • System Type: 4 Stage
  • System Production: 50 GPD
  • Filter Type: Drop-in Cartridge
  • Certifications: NSF/ANSI 58
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