Some Blame Agricultural Practices for Rising Levels of Nitrates in Texas Water
A recent study performed by the Texas Agrilife Office reports that groundwater concentration of nitrates, or dissolved nitrogen, is on the rise in certain agricultural regions of Texas. There is disagreement about whether agriculture is to blame.
Drinking water with high concentrations of nitrates can lead to methemoglobinemia, or ‘blue-baby syndrome’, in infants less than six months of age.
In one city, families with infants and expectant mothers are provided free bottled water.
Nitrates are removed from water best by reverse osmosis and anion exchange.