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UPDATED- San Juan Bautista Warns Residents About High Nitrates in Drinking Water

High Nitrate levels in city wells require notification to city residents of possible health risks


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on May 15, 2014, at 6:00 P.M., during a duly noticed meeting at the City of San Juan Bautista City Hall, 311 Second Street, the City Council of the City of San Juan Bautista, pursuant to Sections 350 through 359 of the California Water Code, will hold a public hearing concerning a critical shortage of water available for consumption by City's water users.

At the hearing, the Council may declare a water shortage emergency to exist if the Council finds and determines that ordinary demands and requirements of City's water consumers cannot be satisfied without depletion of the water supply to the extent that there would be insufficient water for human consumption, sanitation, and fire protection.

If the Council does declare an emergency, the Council may thereupon adopt regulations and restrictions on delivery and consumption, as more particularly described in Sections 353 through 358 of the California Water Code.

At the hearing, and prior to the Council considering whether to declare an emergency, all interested persons shall have an opportunity to be heard to protest against a declaration and to present their respective needs to the Council.

May 9, 2014


Letter from the City of San Juan Bautista to Residents.


Water sample results received April & May 2014 showed nitrate levels of 29 – 48. This is above the nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 45 milligrams per liter. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.


What should I do?

DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS. Infants below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of the MCL may quickly become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die because high nitrate levels can interfere with the capacity of the infant’s blood to carry oxygen. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blueness of the skin. Symptoms in infants can develop rapidly, with health deteriorating over a period of days. If symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.


PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT CONSUME THE WATER. High nitrate levels may also affect the oxygen-carrying ability of the blood of pregnant women.


Water, juice, and formula for children under six months of age should not be prepared with tap water. Bottled water or other water low in nitrates should be used for infants until further notice.


DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling, freezing, filtering or letting water stand does not reduce the nitrates level. Excessive boiling can make the nitrates more concentrated, because nitrates remain behind when the water evaporates.


If you have other health issues concerning the consumption of this water, you may wish to consult your doctor.

BenitoLink Staff