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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Fluoride

Albany Water Works

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.

 

24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.775 ppm440.600 ppm - 1.000 ppm
20130.850 ppm440.700 ppm - 1.10 ppm
20140.850 ppm440.400 ppm - 1.50 ppm
20150.600 ppm440.400 ppm - 0.800 ppm
20160.500 ppm440.400 ppm - 0.600 ppm
20170.400 ppm440.300 ppm - 0.500 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
2012-02-212022633-010.600 ppm
2012-02-212022637-010.800 ppm
2012-02-212022670-010.700 ppm
2012-08-212082528-011.000 ppm
2013-02-193022156-010.800 ppm
2013-02-193022161-010.800 ppm
2013-02-193022158-010.700 ppm
2013-08-203082353-011.10 ppm
2014-02-254022276-010.800 ppm
2014-02-254022277-010.400 ppm
2014-02-254022281-010.700 ppm
2014-08-194082270-011.50 ppm
2015-02-245020971-010.600 ppm
2015-02-245020970-010.600 ppm
2015-02-245020966-010.800 ppm
2015-02-245020967-010.400 ppm
2016-02-096021980-010.500 ppm
2016-02-096021974-010.500 ppm
2016-02-096021975-010.400 ppm
2016-02-096021979-010.600 ppm
2017-02-217021699-010.500 ppm
2017-02-217021693-010.300 ppm
2017-02-217021694-010.400 ppm
2017-02-217021700-010.400 ppm