In December 2005, the City of Inglewoodcity council joined a majority of the nationpublic water suppliers in adopting a policy to add fluoride to drinking water supplies to prevent tooth decay.
The City will adjust the natural fluoride concentration in the water, averaging 0.28 parts per million (ppm) to a target dose of 0.8 ppm, which is recommended for optimal dental health. Fluoride levels in drinking water are limited under state regulations at a maximum dosage of 2 ppm.
In December 2005, a contract was awarded to Black & Veatch to design a fluoridation system at the Sanford M. Anderson Water Treatment Plant, here in Inglewood. The design requires three months to complete, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start in August of 2006. Construction of the fluoridation facility will be completed in early 2007, just a few months ahead of the fluoridation facilities currently under construction by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD).
MWD, provider of imported water to the City, announced that their fluoridation facilities will come online in mid 2007. And therefore, MWDcustomers located within the Citywater service area will receive the optimum amount of fluoride (0.8 ppm) in their water supply starting in mid 2007.
- Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral found, both is surface water, as well as groundwater.
- Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening the protective layer of tooth enamel.
- Fluoride has been added to U.S. drinking water supplies since 1945.
- Of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., 43 fluoridate their drinking water.
Informed consumers may still decide not to drink fluoridated tap water. There are always choices when it comes to drinking water. Most brands of bottled water, water sold in vending machines and water sold in ter stores,ontain only low levels of fluoride. Likewise, many home treatment systems remove fluoride from tap water.