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View Poll Results: Does your municipal tap water have nitrate in it?
I live in/near a large city and have nitrate in my water 13 29.55%
I live in/near a large city and have no nitrate in my water 13 29.55%
I live in small town or rural and have nitrate in my water 5 11.36%
I live in small town or rural and have no nitrate in my water 10 22.73%
Other, please explain in the thread 3 6.82%
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:02 AM   #1
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Nitrate in your municipal tap water?

I have suggested to other that when cycling a tank that the cycle is near an end when they start seeing nitrate in their water. It was pointed out that some tap water contains nitrate so this may not be a good indication.
It never occured to me because mine doesn't, not that I can measure anyway.
So I started thinking why do some municipal water supplies have nitrate in it and some don't?
So I am starting this poll to see if local polulation might be a factor.
This poll is for municipal water supplies but if you have another water source feel free to comment.
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This is an interesting poll, I'm quite interested in seeing the results.

I live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA and I have 10ppm nitrate right from the tap.
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I live in a private community with it's own water treatment plant, but...I don't know what the content of nitrate is...I don't use the water for anything other then bathing, and washing clothes, lol.
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I live right outside Tampa FL and my nitrates are a constant 10ppm.... Coincidence? I Think Not!!!! Government is trying to get us!!!
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I work for a water municipality and I know they add nitrates to the water in my area.
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South Jersey just outside Philly. Nitrates 1.29ppm per latest CCR.
http://www.deptfordmua.com/html/water_quality.html

I always found it interesting that babies sometimes have a certain type bacteria that lives in their digestive system during the first few months of their life making them susceptible to acute nitrate poisoning and blue baby syndrome. The bacteria convert nitrate into toxic nitrite.

Go figure. The world is truly a mysterious place.
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I work for a water municipality and I know they add nitrates to the water in my area.
That is curious. Do you know the reason why?
Perhaps it may inhibit something worse?
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I was wondering this myself so I tried searching on google and came up empty handed. I see lots of things pointing to why it is bad for humans and animals. The only positive thing I saw about excess nitrates is that it is good for crops, duh!

melosu if you know the answer I would be interested in hearing it.
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Voted 'other'. Generally the City of Columbus water is low or no nitrates, however at certain times of year, there can be a lot of agricultural runoff, and since our water comes from surface sources, we get some of that runoff, and the nitrates go up.
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I live in a rural area and we have zero nitrates from our well water. Frankly, I get spoiled at home because I don't have to use any conditioner for the water. I come back to school in a city and the water is so nasty out here...no clue about the nitrates, but I'm sure there's some.
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