DCSIMG

Indicator Profile of Nitrate in Private Wells

Why Is This Important?

Nitrate is a nitrogen compound that occurs naturally in soil, water, plants, and food. It may be formed when microorganisms in the environment break down organic materials, such as plants, animal manure, and sewage. Nitrate can also be found in chemical fertilizers. Nitrate can get into drinking water from runoff of farms, golf courses and lawns, landfills, animal feedlots, and septic systems.

High levels of nitrate in drinking water can lead to methemoglobinemia, a form of anemia, particularly in infants ("blue baby syndrome") and pregnant women.

Nitrate in Private Wells, Percent of Tested Wells Exceeding MCL, January 2007 to December 2011, by County

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Data Notes

Data Source: Private Well Testing Act Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Well Test Results for January 2007 - December 2011. 

Definition

Percent of tested private wells with nitrate concentration exceeding the maximum contaminant level of 10 milligrams per liter

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of tested private wells with nitrate concentration exceeding the maximum contaminant level of 10 milligrams per liter in a specified time period
Denominator: Number of tested private wells in a specified time period

Page Content Updated On 10/22/13, Published on 10/22/13
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Content updated: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:00:50 EDT