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Nitrates in bore water: Cause of health problems in a family? Volume 2 Issue 11

Helen Moore, Stephen Corbett

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Helen Moore

Stephen Corbett


In June 1991 a member of a large extended family living on a small hobby farm near Oberon, NSW contacted the Orana and Far West Public Health Unit for advice about the family’s bore water supply. Tests conducted on water drawn from a bore on the property showed that it contained 38 mg/L nitrate (as nitrogen) and was unfit to drink.