​​​Fluoridation

At the June 18, 2019 board meeting, the board passed a resolution​ to approve the process of adding fluoride back into the water treatment processes at the Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility and Bedford Central Water Treatment Plant. This is a change from February 1, 2017, where fluoridation was eliminated​ in the treatment process at the two water facilities. Water purchased from the City of Lynchburg to supply portions of our customers in the Forest area has always had fluoride and continues to do so. 

This decision was not made lightly by the Board of Directors. After individual research and multiple meetings with the Virginia Department of Health, who was the catalyst for starting the conversation about instituting fluoridation in the water, the decision was made to begin the press of fluoridation again. 

Fluoridation in the Central Water Treatment Plant will begin 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 largely be covered by grant money received from the Virginia Department of Health. 

Click through to read FAQ's about fluoridation at the BRWA. ​

Pros to Fluoridation: 

The Virginia Department of Health – Office of Drinking Water’s position on fluoridation is as follows:

Community water fluoridation is a public health measure first endorsed by the Virginia State Board of Health in 1951. With more than 70 years of research and practical experience in the U.S., scientific evidence consistently reveals that fluoridation of community water supplies is safe and beneficial to the public. In addition to improving health outcomes, fluoridation saves the community money by reducing costs spent on repairing tooth decay and helping to keep our citizens in school and on the job.

Today, more than 95% of Virginians who receive water from a public water supply are consuming water with fluoride that has been adjusted to the optimal level. Community water fluoridation remains the most cost effective means of reducing tooth decay and can result in up to a 60% reduction in dental disease in children and a 35% reduction in adults. Water fluoridation benefits everyone regardless of age, income level, or insurance status. It has been cited as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The addition of fluoride to drinking water is similar to the addition of Vitamin D to milk, iodine to table salt, and folic acid to bread and cereals.

Leading health and medical authorities- such as the American Dental Association (ADA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Medical Association (AMA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to name a few- as well as the past five Surgeons Generals- endorse community water fluoridation and encourage communities to fluoridate their water. The CDC reports that “panels of experts from different health and scientific fields have provided strong evidence that water fluoridation is safe and effective.”

You can access the above-mentioned leading health and medical authorities, as well as additional reliable sources, at the following links:

ADA- www.ada.org/goto/fluoride

CDC- www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/index.htm

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/topics/fluoride

Cons to Fluoridation:

The Lynchburg Citizens for Safe Drinking Water provided this information to the Authority about fluoridation risks and benefits.

They also provided the following information:

CDC says: "However, laboratory and epidemiologic research suggests that fluoride prevents dental caries predominately after eruption of the tooth into the mouth, and its actions primarily are topical for both adults and children."  Source

Americans get too much fluoride. Tea is a major contributor & if made with fluoridated water, even higher but in many foods. This is why dental fluorosis has exploded in 12-15 year olds. Per government data in 2011-2012, 58.3% have dental fluorosis up from 23% in 1986 & 41% in 2000.

http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/epa-petition.pdf

Minorities: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/maier_memo/

Andrew Young, past ambassador to UN letter: http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/young-2016.pdf

International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology Study


If you would like to contact us regarding fluoridation, you may do so by e-mail at brwa@brwa.com or by phone at 540-586-7679.  Public comments are welcome at each BRWA Board Meeting, held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Annex Building located at 1723 Falling Creek Road in Bedford County.  Please check our Calendar page for any schedule updates.

Bedford Regional Water Authority
1723 Falling Creek Road • Bedford • VA 24523
540.586.7679

Fluoridation