City of Ryan Warns Residents of High Nitrite Levels in Drinking Water

The City of Ryan is warning its residents of water issues.

Water sample results received on Friday show nitrite levels of two-point-one milligrams per liter – that’s twice the standard level.

The City is warning residents NOT to give the water to infants – do NOT use tap water to prepare formula for children either. Nitrite in drinking water is a serious health concern for babies less than six months old – that’s because they can’t process nitrites in the same way older children and adults can. They could become seriously ill – and if left untreated, they could die. Symptoms of high nitrite levels in babies include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome. If you notice these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

The City of Ryan also says residents should NOT boil the water – it will not reduce the nitrite level.

They say adults and children older than six months can drink the tap water – but if you are pregnant or have specific health concerns, you may want to consult your doctor.

Nitrite in drinking water can come from natural, industrial or agricultural sources, including septic systems and run-off. The City of Ryan will be flushing hydrants and resampling its water levels. They will notify Ryan residents and KMCH when the nitrite levels are safe once again.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shawn Kehrli at 932-2051.