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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Fluoride

Holliston Water Department

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
20120.855 ppm220.610 ppm - 1.10 ppm
2013N/A00N/A
20140.510 ppm64ND - 0.950 ppm
2015N/A00N/A
2016N/A00N/A
20170.379 ppm64ND - 0.710 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 Result
2012-04-231.10 ppm
2012-05-160.610 ppm
2014-06-12ND
2014-06-120.920 ppm
2014-06-16ND
2014-06-160.600 ppm
2014-06-160.590 ppm
2014-06-160.950 ppm
2017-05-160.557 ppm
2017-05-160.438 ppm
2017-05-160.710 ppm
2017-05-160.571 ppm
2017-05-16ND
2017-05-16ND