March 29, 2011
Dear Dr. Osmunson,
Thank you for your inquiry about the new developments in regard to fluoride in drinking water. Seattle Public Utilities has been tracking this issue closely in order to follow the recommendations of our public health agencies in the most appropriate manner. As it stands now, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has proposed a recommended level of fluoride in drinking water and is accepting comments on that proposal until April 15. We are anticipating that the final recommendation will be made in late summer or early fall.
Since the proposed recommendation was announced on January 7, we have been in contact with our local and state health departments. With their support, we have adjusted the fluoride level in the water supply to the lower end currently allowed by state law, 0.8 mg/L. We will continue to work with the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health Seattle & King County in preparation for a final federal recommendation on fluoride levels. This information is posted on our website at: http://www.seattle.gov/util/About_SPU/Water_System/Water_Quality/Water_Quality_Testing/index.asp
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Jim Nilson, PE
Sr. Water Quality Engineer
Drinking Water Division
Seattle Public Utilities
From Audrey Adams:
I just wonder, though, why the state would set a minimum limit if a water district choses to fluoridate? I mean, really, what is the point when 40% of Washington is at zero, to mandate any water district that does fluoridate to do so at any minimum level? That IS a roundabout mandate to fluoridate, is it not? How can the state claim that the decision to fluoridate is a local decision if they are requiring a certain level for certain water districts? Should we be pushing the state to list no minimum, rather only list a maximum?
From Dr. Bill Osmunson:
As a dentist for 25 years I failed to review the science and simply believed fluoridation was effective and safe. No appology begins to correct the problem of adding toxins to your child.
It is hard to sleep knowing we public health professionals have contributed to so much harm.