Babies Six Months and Under Should not Ingest Water in Maeystown Illinois

Maria Keena

MAEYSTOWN, IL (KMOX) –The small historic German Village of Maeystown  in Monroe County Illinois has issued an alert about the drinking water for babies six months and younger. Mayestown’s Village Clerk Catherine Mikolay tells KMOX,  the Illinois EPA is advising babies, six months and younger not to ingest the water because of high levels of nitrates.

The village’s two wells are located in the middle of agricultural areas where fertilizers such as Anhydrous Ammonia are used…..However, Mikolay says the source of the nitrate is not known.  Anhydrous is not a nitrate, once it breaks down, it can become a nitrate.

The village has a population of one-hundred-48 and of those, three are six months or younger and Mikolay says those parents have been notified .

Additionally, there will be a special meeting Monday evening at Mayestown’s Vallage hall to discuss the town’s course of action. The village has been monitoring the water supply for sometime and while this is not a new problem…..As of Friday, the level of nitrates in the water reached an unacceptable level for babies six months and under.

Maeystown Village Hall is at 1030 Mill Street, the meeting starts at 7:00pm and is open to the public.


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