Fluoridation levels in water get new lower recommendation

TOPEKA (KSNT) –  The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to your drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years.

The new recommendations went into effect this month…but the City of Topeka’s water system has been at the lower rate since 2011.

Topeka’s water supply had been treated with one-part per million of fluoride…but the new standard is .7.

Reports have shown that some people are getting too much fluoride because it’s also now in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products.

Adding fluoride to water is each municipalities choice.

“There is no federal requirement to add fluoride to drinking water. Each community makes that decision on their own and in 1957, Topeka made that decision to add fluoride,” Topeka Water Plant Manager Bruce Northup said.

The change announced just this past Monday finalizes a proposal made four years ago.

Today, about 75% of Americans get fluoridated water.

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