What is the concern about nitrate/nitrite in drinking water?

Nitrates are known to be found in drinking water and contamination is normally associated with septic systems, certain animal feeding operations, or fertilizer usage.  Nitrate/Nitrite can interfere with the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen to the tissues of the body.  More information regarding nitrates and California regulations is available on the California Water Boards website.

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1. What are Nitrates?
2. What is the concern about nitrate/nitrite in drinking water?
3. What is the treatment for Nitrate?
4. What are resin beds in drinking water?
5. Why is water disinfected?
6. What is the filtration process for the disinfection of bacteria in drinking water?
7. What is water chlorination?
8. Is Chlorine treatment new?