Nitrates and nitrites are nitrogen-oxygen chemical units, these are a major component of fertilizers used in lawn and on arable farmland, without the addition of these, crops would deplete nitrogen from soil.
Unfortunately, when nitrogen fertilizers are used, they can get into wells, boreholes and seep into groundwater and contaminate them.
Nitrites are cause for concern in infants under 6 months of age and farm animals. They affect the blood's ability to carry oxygen. Nitrites get into the body when nitrates are ingested, both from food and water, and nitrate reducing bacteria in an infant's digestive tract converts the nitrate to nitrite. Once the nitrite enters the blood stream and binds to the hemoglobin, oxygen cannot be carried, and "blue-baby" syndrome (bluish tint to skin due to lack of oxygen) occurs, as well as shortness of breath, increased sensitivity to illness, heart attacks, and possibly death by asphyxiation.
Nitrates dissolved in water cannot be removed by simple filtration. They require reduction by either re-generable or disposable ion exchange systems or eliminated by Reverse Osmosis (RO).
In order for us to be able to offer a guaranteed result we would require a water analysis.
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