Annual water reports available soon
Between now and July 1, water suppliers nationwide will be supplying consumers with annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports—giving dental professionals the opportunity to check on the status of their community's water—and in particular—its fluoride levels.
"In some instances, this may be the only notice that something has changed," said Dr. Leon Stanislav, member of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and chair of the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee.
"That change may very well be the discontinuance of fluoridation and it may only be in fine print. It should be in a range close to 1 ppm (part per million) or 1 milligram/liter. Sometimes utilities, especially private utilities, have a change in policy that may be influenced by antifluoridation activity, economic reasons, supply or other issues. Just be sure to take a close look."
The reports, which detail quality and content of water may be mailed to consumers' homes (often with the water bill), published in local newspapers or posted online.
Water systems are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue these annual reports.
For more information or to view selected CCRs, log on to the EPA website at www.epa.gov/safewater/ccr/index.html or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to check on local water system fluoridation status at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/MWF/Index.asp.
Or contact the local water supplier or the local, county or state health department for more information about the fluoride content of your water system's water.
For more information on fluoride and fluoridation, visit www.ada.org/goto/fluoride.