The Logan County
Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health will
offer the nitrate screening.
Nitrate is a compound of oxygen and
nitrogen that can be found in drinking water and at elevated levels
can pose the greatest health threat to infants and women who are
pregnant. Among sources of nitrate in drinking water are farmland
fertilizer runoff, decaying plant debris, animal feedlots, sewage
disposal systems and wastewater. It is not uncommon for well water
to contain elevated levels of nitrates, and the best way to
determine if your well contains high levels is to have it tested.
To qualify for screening, simply fill a clean, covered jar or
container with tap water, at least 3 ounces, and bring it with you
to the health departmentís environmental health booth at the fair.
Your sample of water will be analyzed on-site. The screening will
help determine if your well water is above or below the nitrate
If your water screening indicates nitrates are at the action
level, a water test kit will be provided to you at no cost.
For more information, contact the Logan County Department of
Public Health at 217-735-2317.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department of Public