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August 2, 2013
Marla Augustine, Communication and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
Free Water Screening Offered at Scotts Bluff County Fair
Lincoln—Nebraskans with private water wells can have their drinking water screened for nitrates during the Scotts Bluff County Fair on August 6-10. 
To have their drinking water screened for nitrates, well owners can bring a cup-size sample of water in a clean bottle to the Scotts Bluff County Health Department/ Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services booth at the Scotts Bluff County fairgrounds on Tuesday from 5pm to 10pm and Wednesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.  There is no charge for the screening, and they can get the results while they wait. 
Nitrates are a concern for infants under six months of age and pregnant women, as well as anyone who has a weakened immune system.   High levels of nitrates interfere with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and can cause “blue baby” syndrome.
Livestock, especially cattle, are also susceptible to nitrate poisoning, resulting in lower milk production and loss of calves.
The testing is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health.  For more information contact the Water Well Standards Program at (402) 471-0546.