Nitrate levels down in Posey Co. water; alert remains active

Nitrate levels down in Posey Co. water; alert remains active

POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) - Things seem to be going in the right direction for the county nitrate levels.

Recently returned test results showed the nitrate levels in the drinking water is down.

The alert, which was issued in February, is till active though.

The Poseyville Town Council met on Wednesday to discuss how they’ve been working to fix the high nitrate levels in Poseyville’s drinking water.

Bruce Baker, Poseyville Town Council President said, “Their health and the well being and quality of life of this community is number one to this council.”

The Council announced that nitrate levels in the water were down when they tested it recently. Baker adding, “It was 7.47 down from the 10.4 that caused the notice to go out.”

The maximum contaminant level should not be above 10 milligrams per liter. Baker said fertilizer runoff from farms is to blame.

This doesn’t mean the alert has been lifted, the council urges parents to continue using caution. “If IDEM tests it and tests come back above, then another notice will be put out. If it comes out below, we will notify people what that test was,” said Baker.

It’s important that when nitrate levels are high that you do not boil the water. Boiling, freezing or filtering the water does not reduce nitrate levels.

To make sure this doesn’t happen again the council is working on putting in a deeper well that will help dilute other wells. Baker explained, “A deeper well won’t produce the amount of water to supply the town, so it would be used to blend to lower the nitrate levels in what we send to town.”

The council is also working with local farmers to come up with better fertilizer distribution methods.

It’s important to note that just because these levels are being reported to have decreased does not mean you should proceed with giving young children this water. The council asks that you wait until the Department of Environmental Management lifts that alert. We will continue to follow this story.

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