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Wellman nitrate levels could harm babies

WELLMAN (KWWL)-- High nitrate levels have city officials asking people in Wellman to avoid giving infants under six months old treated tap water.

Water sample results from July 30 found nitrate levels are above the standard levels. Officials say boiling the water will not reduce the nitrate level.  Babies drinking the water could become seriously ill if it's consumed. Adults and children older than six months can drink the water. Nitrates is a concern for the infants because they can't process it the same way adults can.

The city is flushing hydrants and slightly increasing chlorine residue levels. Officials will announce when the nitrate levels are back to regular levels.

Online Producer: Michelle Caldwell

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