What is fluoridation? Fluoridation is when fluoride is artificially added to a community’s water supply to maintain healthy teeth and is endorsed by many health organizations including Health Canada.
What is the recommended maximum concentration? According to Health Canada guidelines, the maximum acceptable concentration of fluoride in drinking water is 1.5 milligrams per litre. Fluoride levels at or below this mark do not pose a risk to human health.
What is the fluoride level in Drumheller’s water? There is about 0.2 to 0.5 parts per million of naturally occurring fluoride in our water, which is derived from the Red Deer River. The Town of Drumheller brings the fluoride level up to 0.8 parts per million (0.7990 milligrams per litre). This level is considered to be the optimal concentration of fluoride in drinking water for proper dental health according to Health Canada.
How often is the water tested in Drumheller? The Town of Drumheller tests water every day and these test results closely match the provincial testing results.
How long has Drumheller fluoridated? The decision to add fluoride to water was made by a town wide plebiscite in 1966 and a bylaw was written shortly after. This decision was made to ensure proper dental health for residents.
What does Alberta Health Services say about fluoridation? Even though some communities in Alberta have moved away from fluoridation, Alberta Health Services (AHS) supports fluoridation and recommends it be left in place in Drumheller.