Nitrate From Fertilizers Contaminates California Drinking Water

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One in every 10 people living in California's most productive agricultural areas is at risk of exposure to harmful levels of nitrate contamination in their drinking water, concludes to a report issued today by the University of California, Davis.

The report found that 10 percent of the 2.6 million people in the Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley rely on groundwater that may exceed the nitrate standard of 45 milligrams per liter set by the California Department of Public Health for public water systems.

Nitrogen in organic and synthetic fertilizers has increased crop production in California, but excess nitrate in groundwater from surface nitrogen use is linked to thyroid illnesses, some cancers and reproductive problems.

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Richard Booth
Liqum's LEW-100 real-time water quality monitor is sensitive to nitrate down to 2.5mg/l in fresh water. Could this be interesting to any stake holder?
Jonathan Colwill
This why MiFarms recommend planting of cover plants such as cover between the roots of any crop as a natural way of introsucing nitrogren into the soil.

Saves a lot of money all the way round
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