Impact of Nitrites and Nitrates in Our Water on Blue Baby Syndrome
Exposure to nitrites and nitrates from contaminated drinking water can lead to blue baby syndrome in infants (potentially leading to death in extreme cases), developmental effects, and cardiovascular disease. In extreme cases, blue baby syndrome can be severe and lead to death.
Water system infrastructure in the U.S. is outdated and deteriorating. Though the Safe Drinking Water Act was established in 1974 and consists of rules that regulate about 100 contaminants found in drinking water, NRDC has for more than 25 years documented serious problems including the infrastructure itself, widespread violations and inadequate enforcement.
In 2015, there were 1,529 violations (459 health-based) at community water systems serving 3,867,431 people (1,364,494 health-based). Formal enforcement action was taken in 11.3 percent of all cases (and 27.9 percent of health-based cases).
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Natural Resources Defense Council - https://www.nrdc.org/resources/threats-tap-widespread-violations-water-infrastructure