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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Fluoride

Indiana American Water - Richmond

Fluoride occurs naturally in surface and groundwater and is also added to drinking water by many water systems. Read More.

Fluoride has been promoted as a chemical that reduces dental cavities. Yet it is now well-established that fluoride primarily exerts its protective effects through topical mechanisms, such as sodium fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash. In contrast, long-term ingestion of fluoride in water increases dental fluorosis, which includes mottling, pitting and weakening of the teeth. EPA's maximum legal limit is set at 4 parts per million (ppm) to prevent skeletal fluorosis, a condition where bones become brittle and more susceptible to fractures, although these effects may occur at lower doses.

Even fluoride levels of 0.7 ppm, the amount of fluoride in drinking water recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service, can result in too much fluoride for bottle-fed babies. EWG recommends that caregivers mix baby formula with fluoride-free water. The National Toxicology Program is investigating the potential for low doses of fluoride to alter thyroid function and childhood brain development.

 

14

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.750 ppm220.700 ppm - 0.800 ppm
20130.900 ppm220.850 ppm - 0.950 ppm
20140.767 ppm330.670 ppm - 0.890 ppm
20150.640 ppm220.630 ppm - 0.650 ppm
20160.790 ppm220.780 ppm - 0.800 ppm
20170.797 ppm330.790 ppm - 0.800 ppm

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 4 ppm

ppm = parts per million

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-03162704IOC-20120.700 ppm
2012-04-03162705IOC-20120.800 ppm
2013-04-08214054IOC-20130.850 ppm
2013-04-08214059IOC-20130.950 ppm
2014-04-22252192IOC-20140.670 ppm
2014-04-22252197IOC-20140.890 ppm
2014-04-22252200IOC-20140.740 ppm
2015-04-0728646401IOC-20150.650 ppm
2015-04-07286469IOC-20150.630 ppm
2016-04-11317320IOC-20160.800 ppm
2016-04-11317325IOC-20160.780 ppm
2017-04-0435194601IOC-20170.790 ppm
2017-04-0435195101IOC-20170.800 ppm
2017-04-0435195301IOC-20170.800 ppm