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Nitrate Contamination Potential in Arizona Groundwater: Implications for Drinking Water Wells

  title={Nitrate Contamination Potential in Arizona Groundwater: Implications for Drinking Water Wells},
  author={Kristine Uhlman and Janick F. Artiola},
Introduction Nitrate is the most common pollutant in Arizona’s groundwater and is undetectable without testing because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The EPA Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for nitratenitrogen1 in a public water supply is 10 milligrams per liter (mg/L) and is based on acute health effects, specifically the risk of methemoglobinemia (sometimes referred to as “blue baby syndrome”), in which blood lacks the ability to carry sufficient oxygen to the individual body cells… 

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