Friday, January 21, 2011

NY County Water Supply Is Fluoride-Free

There's a lot of controversy about fluoride in our water systems.

The US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced they were taking steps to create guidelines on and lower the fluoride in drinking water. Yet the Suffolk County Water Authority water supply has never contained fluoride.

Fluoride was originally added to water to prevent tooth decay. However, recent studies by the National Academics of Science show that fluoride can lead to fluorosis, which causes pitting and staining of teeth. Fluorosis occurs when an individual consumes an excess amount of fluoride during the tooth forming years before age 8.

The current recommended fluoride amount ranges from 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L. In light of the new evidence, the HHS is proposing to limit the amount to 0.7 mg/L and the EPA is initiating review of the maximum amount allowed in drinking water.

“Today both HHS and EPA are making announcements on fluoride based on the most up to date scientific data,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, Peter Silva. “EPA’s new analysis will help us make sure that people benefit from tooth decay prevention while at the same time avoiding the unwanted health effects from too much fluoride.”

The Suffolk County Water Authority follows a different school of thought however, and does not believe in putting fluoride into drinking water.

“Though many water providers are being scrutinized for their use of fluoride in drinking water, the Authority takes pride in its commitment to offering residents the safest and cleanest water possible and has never included fluoride in its water,” Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Szabo said. The Suffolk County Water Authority serves approximately 1.2 million residents.



LNH opposes the use of fluoride.


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