Community Water Fluoridation


  • February 1, 2017 - fluoridation was eliminated​​ in the treatment process at both the Smith Mountain Lake and Bedford Central Water Treatment Facilities. 

  • June 18, 2019 - BRWA board passed a resolution​ to approve the addition of fluoride into the water treatment process at both the Smith Mountain Lake and Bedford Central Water Treatment Facilities.

* Note: water purchased from the City of Lynchburg to supply customers in the Forest area has always        been and continues to be fluoridated.

Having been encouraged by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to reintroduce water fluoridation, the decision was made to do so after extensive research and many meetings with VDH. With that said, fluoridation in the Central Water Treatment Facility will be reintroduced on June 22, 2020, and fluoridation at the Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility will begin on July 6, 2020. The cost of this project will mostly be covered by grant money received from the Virginia Department of Health. Click here to view FAQs about water fluoridation at the BRWA.​


Recognized by the CDC as one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century, community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical, and dental organizations, including the American Dental Association (AD​A)​, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Medical Association (AMA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). For over 70 years, people in the U.S. have benefited from drinking water with fluoride, leading to better dental health.

Drinking fluoridated water keeps teeth strong and reduces cavities (also called tooth decay) by about 25% in children and adults. Thus, reducing the estimated 51 million school hours that are lost each year due to dental-related illness - dental decay. By preventing cavities, community water fluoridation has been shown to save money both for families and for the US health care system. The average lifetime cost per person to fluoridate a water supply is less than the cost of one dental filling. For most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves $20 in dental treatment costs.​ 

Similar to fortifying other foods and beverages. Water that has been fluoridated is similar to fortifying salt with iodine, milk with vitamin D, orange juice with calcium, and bread with folic acid. ​Most water contains some fluoride but usually not enough to prevent cavities. Community water systems can add just the right amount of fluoride to local drinking water to prevent cavities.

Community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical, and dental organizations. It is recommended by the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, US Public Health Service, and the World Health Organization.

Because of its contribution to the large decline in cavities in the United States since the 1960s, CDC named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. For more information, see the October 1999 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Fluoridation of Drinking Water to Prevent Dental Caries.

For more information, please visit the CDC, WHO, and state health department web pages for the latest updates:


If you have any questions concerning community water fluoridation, please contact us or join us at one of our monthly Board Meetings, where we welcome comments from community members. 

Bedford Regional Water Authority
1723 Falling Creek Road • Bedford • VA 24523

Community Water Fluoridation