HEALTH ALERT: The regular, monthly sample for nitrate analysis collected from a City of Genoa well indicates that the average concentration of nitrate is 11 mg/L (milligrams per liter). This is in violation of the established nitrate drinking water standard of 10 mg/L. Two samples, collected from the system on September 21, 2020, confirmed the level of concentration.
Nitrate is a concern for infants because they cannot process nitrates in the same way adults can. Because of this, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS) advises that City of Genoa water should not be given to infants under 6 months old and it should not be used to make infant formula.
HEALTH ALERT: Due to high Manganese levels in the Columbus water supply, all infant formula should be prepared with filtered or bottled water. The levels are NOT high enough to affect adults.
This public notice is intended to provide information and recommendations for citizens in Columbus regarding recent testing of drinking water samples for Manganese.