Denver discusses fluoride in public water

The Governor's Office and Department of Public Health and Environment proposed all Colorado communities fluoridate their public water supplies. 9NEWS at 6 p.m. 07/29/15.

DENVER - The Governor's Office and Department of Public Health and Environment proposed all Colorado communities fluoridate their public water supplies.

This came after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new recommendations to lower the level of fluoride in public water to 0.7 milligrams per liter.

The Denver Water Board hosted a public forum to discuss adding fluoride to public water Wednesday, where several community groups asked Denver to reexamine current policies.

Denver Water officials said they've been targeting a fluoride concentration of 0.7 milligrams per liter since the level was first proposed in 2011, so they do not expect water treatment techniques to change significantly.

Last week, Snowmass announced it would no longer fluoridate its drinking water.

A Colorado dentist told the board he wants to keep the fluoride because it could help reduce cavity rates.

And a local member of the board opposed to fluoridated water said he doesn't think it's the government's business to medicate the public.

If you want to know more about community water fluoridation or would like to leave a comment, Denver Water is still accepting them until Aug.12. Go to http://www.denverwater.org/WaterQuality/WaterSafety/Fluoride/. Denver Water will update its position on fluoridation on Aug. 26.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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