The question: Nitrate concentrations exceeding 44.3 mg NO3-/L are a concern in drinking water due to the infant disease, methemoglobinemia. Nitrate concentrations near three rural wells were reported as 0.01 mg NO3- N/L, 1.3 mg NO3- N/L, and 20.0mg NO3- N/L. Do any of these three wells exceed the 44.3 ppm level? The problem: I have no problem with conversions, it's just the units in this case. I've asked peers about the NO3- N/L unit and they said the N stands for nitrogen. If this is so, I don't know what the implications are. Whats the difference between the NO3-/L and NO3- N/L unit?