- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Waterloo has closed a well because of high nitrate levels, but officials say the city’s drinking water is safe.

Waterloo Water Works stopped taking water from a well on East Dale Street after it showed a level of 10.7 milligrams per liter on Friday. That’s above the maximum level of 10 milligrams per liter.

The city issued a warning because nitrates can cause health problems, especially for infants.

Water Works says the well will remain closed until more tests show the levels drop to safe levels.

Officials say the city gets its water from 14 wells and that water from the other 13 test out well below the nitrate limit.

The city is trying to figure out what caused the nitrate level in the closed well to spike.

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