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Family claims infant affected by high nitrate levels

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

KWWL took a phone call from a parent claiming they needed to take their two-month-old son to the hospital because the infant has been drinking tap water all week.

Waterloo Waterworks put out a release Friday saying nitrate levels were found to be above normal in one pump, and they had to shut the pump down.

High nitrate levels can cause blue baby syndrome, a condition in which the skin turns blue and causes shortness of breath.

In some accounts, high nitrate consumption in infants can lead to death if untreated.

The parent, Chris Meinders, says they called the hospital who contacted poison control, and told them to take the baby in.

Meinders says his baby, Gunner, has been having shortness of breath and has been very irritable.

"Every day this week so far I've been giving him tap water, well then, we just happened to be online and seen it and it shocked me," said Meinders. "I have so many questions running through my head, like it's ridiculous."

It is important to know Waterloo Waterworks shut down the particular pump as soon as they realized the nitrate levels were too high.

Waterloo Waterworks general manager Dennis Clark says there isn't a risk now.

Although the water we drink comes from a mixture of all the pumps, there's still a chance some people could have drank affected water.

"Nitrate levels shouldn't exceed 10 parts per million, and the levels came back 10.7 parts per million," said Clark, speaking of the nitrate levels in one Waterloo water pump.

After a heavy rain Thursday, Waterworks detected high nitrate levels at a pump in town located near Gates Park.

"This surprised us, because it was a very quick spike. This particular well was between five and seven parts per million and now is above 10 parts per million," said Clark.

Clark says the aren't 100% sure the storm was the direct cause of the high nitrate levels, but it is likely.

Nitrates typically come from storms and agricultural runoff.

The pump has since been shut off and wont be operating until Waterworks has found nitrate levels have been reduced significantly.

If you believe your infant has consumed affected tap water, go to the hospital.

Do not boil affected tap water, as that can concentrate the nitrates even more.

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