- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials in Columbus say high nitrates in tap water supplied to parts of the city may make it unsafe for infants younger than 6 months old.

The city issued the nitrate advisory Monday afternoon for central and west Columbus, including some suburbs, after a test showed slightly elevated levels of the contaminant. Officials say it’s caused by fertilizer runoff from farms and lawns.

The tap water is safe for adults to consume, but it shouldn’t be given to babies younger than 6 months or used to make infant formula, juice or baby cereal.

The advisory will remain in effect until further notice. Water in other parts of the city isn’t affected.

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