EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE



Grand Rapids

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.





Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20140.0710 ppm220.0710 ppm
20150.130 ppm110.130 ppm
20160.700 ppm110.700 ppm
20170.0670 ppm110.0670 ppm
20180.740 ppm110.740 ppm
20190.630 ppm110.630 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
2014-05-05LLF168300.710 ppm
2014-06-010.0710 ppm*
2015-06-010.130 ppm*
2016-06-010.700 ppm*
2017-06-010.0670 ppm*
2018-06-11LLH855330.740 ppm
2019-05-09LLI373470.630 ppm

* Sample result is taken from the system's CCR report.