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Wells consistently high in nitrates are tested more frequently.
Lukensmeyer, at Cedar Falls Utilities, said well No.
CEDAR FALLS — Across the street and a few doors down from Meghan and Sean O’Neal’s home, you can see a small, nondescript one-story brick building.
“I have seen that building before,” Meghan O’Neal said.
Reported levels in the city’s wells reached as high as 9.8 to 9.9 parts per million in five different years from 1996 through 2016, Cedar Falls Utilities records show. Cedar Falls Utilities has records of nitrate testing levels dating to 1966, more than 50 years. Geological Survey study on Cedar Falls water supplies blamed the increasing application of nitrogen-based fertilizer to farm fields as the main cause of high nitrate levels.
Minnesota requires buffers that aid the growth of perennial vegetation as far as 50 feet along rivers, streams and ditches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s website.
However, new water quality management has failed to gain serious footing in the Iowa Legislature, even following a recent federal lawsuit filed by Des Moines Water Works, an independent utility that provides water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area.
All three are in the northern part of Cedar Falls and covered by a shallow layer of bedrock, which allows more nitrates to infiltrate.
They stand in contrast to Cedar Falls’ southern water wells, where thicker bedrock layers better confine and protect the groundwater, found a journalism collaboration between the University of Northern Iowa Science in the Media, the Cedar Falls High School Tiger Hi-Line and Iowa Watch.
“I never knew what it was.” The building is Cedar Falls Utilities’ Pump Station 3, one of eight water wells that supply the city’s water system. O’Neal and her husband are new to the neighborhood, but longtime Neola Street resident Rosann Good wasn’t aware of its purpose, either, nor was Chuck Parsons, who has lived directly across the street from the pump station for two decades.