Elevated nitrate concentration is a multifaceted problem. In surface water and groundwater, it can cause eutrophication. When present in drinking water, nitrate can threaten human health – for example, it can cause methemoglobinemia in infants. Thus, finding a way to remove nitrates from water is important for human and environmental health.
At CleanUp 2017 in Melbourne last September, CRC CARE presented its High School Essay Competition. In this issue of Remediation Australasia, we’re proud to reprint the winning essay from the 2017 Dr Roneal Naidu award for writing on chemical contamination and its effect on food quality and human health.