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Drinking Water Advisory issued in Blencoe, IA for high levels of manganese

BLENCOE, Iowa (KTIV) – City officials in Blencoe, Iowa, say residents shouldn’t give city tap water to infants until further notice.

A press release says water samples, taken Friday, showed high levels of manganese. The level of 0.61 mg/L is above the Environmental Protection Agency’s short-term health advisory of 0.3 mg/L for infants under 6-months old.

Our bodies require small amounts of manganese to stay healthy. Adults and children get enough manganese from the foods we eat. Infants and children get enough manganese from breast-milk, food, or formula. But, too much manganese can increase the risk of health problems, particularly for infants under 6-months old.

So, until further notice, residents of Blencoe shouldn’t give their infants tap water, or use tap water to make formula.

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