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Wellman issues water warning

WELLMAN (KWWL) -- The City of Wellman has issued a water warning due to high levels of nitrite and says the water should not be given to infants under six-months old or to make infant formula.

The City of Wellman says a water sample taken on Thursday shows that water supply is in violation of state regulations regarding nitirite levels. 

Nitrite in drinking water could cause infants less than six-months old to become seriously ill and die if not treated.

Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.  Blue baby syndrome is indicated by blueness of the skin.  Symptoms in infants can develop rapidly, with health deteriorating over a period of days. If symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.

Water, juice, and formula for children under six-months of age should not be prepared with tap water.  Bottled water or other water low in nitrites should be used for infants until further notice.

The city also advises residents not to boil the water.  Boiling, freezing, filtering, or letting water stand does not reduce the nitrite level. Excessive boiling can make the nitrites more concentrated, because nitrites remain behind when the water evaporates.

Adults and children older than six months can drink the tap water, however, if you are pregnant or have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

The City has flushed hydrants in the area where the sample was taken. Monitoring for nitrites will continue with the next official samples to be tested later this month. The City is aware that elevated nitrites are a potential issue and we are moving forward to construct a city-wide Reverse Osmosis System.

For more information, please contact the City of Wellman, 319-646-2154, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 319-653-2135, the Washington County Public Health Office at 319-653-7758 or the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory at 800-421-4692.

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