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Nitrate Contamination Increasing in Wisconsin’s Rural Wells

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While Wisconsin is renowned for its scenic beauty and rural vistas, beneath the surface lies a hidden concern: nitrate contamination. In the midst of its picturesque landscapes, nitrate pollution poses a significant threat to water quality and public health. Recent studies have shown that nitrate contamination is increasing in Wisconsin’s rural private wells.

Nitrates, introduced mainly through agricultural runoff, fertilizers, and industrial activities, can infiltrate groundwater, leading to elevated levels in drinking water sources. This situation creates notable health risks, especially for vulnerable groups such as infants, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Understanding the hazards of nitrate

Elevated nitrate levels in drinking water have adverse effects on human health. Prolonged exposure to nitrates has been linked to increased cancer risk, thyroid disorders, neurological problems, and even“blue baby syndrome.”

Is your well at risk of contamination?

Because soil type and land use play a significant role in nitrate presence, certain areas of Wisconsin are more prone to contamination. (See map for high-risk areas)

Wisconsin map showing areas of highest nitrate contamination

Nitrate can come from various sources, including:

      • Agricultural Practices: Runoff from excessive fertilizers and manure usage in agricultural fields introduces nitrates into groundwater.

      • Industrial Activities: Industrial operations and wastewater discharges containing nitrate compounds can contaminate water sources.

      • Septic Systems: Leaks or malfunctions in septic systems can release nitrates into the ground, ultimately polluting groundwater.

There is helpfor nitrate contamination

Nitrate Shield: Your Solution for Safe Drinking Water

U.S. Water’s state-approved Nitrate Shield filtration system effectively removes harmful nitrates from your water, ensuring every drop is safe and clean. Using advanced ion exchange technology, Nitrate Shield is designed to handle various nitrate levels, making it ideal for high-risk areas.

Easy to install and maintain, Nitrate Shield offers long-lasting protection without frequent replacements. Plus, U.S. Water’s customer service is always available to help.

Protect your family’s health today.

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