Yes, voters required the addition of fluoride in the early 1970’s and ACWD began fluoridating drinking water in 1976.
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Local, state, and national health organizations emphasize the benefits of fluoridation for community prevention of tooth decay and maintain that fluoride poses no health threat. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention proclaimed fluoridation to be one of the top ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
Senate Bill 96, passed in 2004, further reinforced community water fluoridation as a statewide public health priority and preempted local regulations.
ACWD delivers water to over 80,000 service connections and is required to fluoridate in order to stay compliant.
The most effective whole house filtration method for removing fluoride is reverse osmosis which has up to 80-90% efficiency. Water distillation systems remove up to 100% of fluoride, and bottled water does not generally contain fluoride.
The following products or procedures will NOT remove fluoride: - Activated carbon filters- Water softeners- Boiling water - concentrates fluoride rather than reduces it. - Refrigerating or freezing water - has no effect on the concentration of fluoride in the water