The new Nitrate Control Program has three goals:

1. Provide safe drinking water.
2. Reduce nitrate impacts to water supplies.
3. Restore groundwater quality, where reasonable and feasible.

Providing safe drinking water in areas of the Central Valley where groundwater supplies do not meet safe standards for nitrate is the first priority for the new Nitrate Control Program. The following information describes the causes, concerns, and solutions for nitrate in drinking water.