Does Colorado have fluoride in tap water?
Updated: Jun 16, 2019
The answer is yes. The real question is - could there be a problem with that?
A Long Standing Tradition
Colorado has been regulating the level of fluoride in drinking water since 1953. Some of the levels of fluoride are naturally occurring, however since 1953 the government has been adding fluoride if the naturally occurring level drops below 0.7mg per liter. Thankfully, this is far below the federal government's maximum level allowed in drinking water of 4mg/liter, however the fact that the government is adding a chemical to drinking water without consent has some people concerned. This recommended "safe level" does not take into account people who drink far more water each day than others. There are many people with active lifestyles who consume as much as 4 times the national average, and this also means they are consuming 4 times as much fluoride (which puts them at much more risk than those who consume the average amount on which the fluoride levels are based).
Is Fluoride Bad To Ingest Everyday?
This is where things get a bit shaky. Although there has yet to be a study directly showing that the increased levels of fluoride in drinking water cause cancer, the American Cancer Society admits there has not been enough data to prove or disprove correlation. There are many reasons why it is difficult to study this topic, as there are many variables at play. For example, does the length of time one consumes fluoride in water increase their risk of cancer, or does the type of fluoride or amount being added increase their risk? Because of all of these variables, and the fact that it is very difficult to know what exactly caused cancer in a patient, we most likely will not have a definitive answer on whether or not we are at additional risk due to fluoride in tap water for quite some time.
There is specifically a concern for children who are developing still and drinking fluoride throughout their teeth development as this can cause problems such as dental fluorosis. However, as long as the maximum level of fluoride is below 2mg/liter, they usually will not develop this condition.
Another condition caused by too much fluoride ingestion is skeletal fluorosis. This is a condition in which fluoride builds up in a patient's bones over time. It leads to joint stiffness and pain, as well as weak bones or fractures in older adults. Usually this condition does not arise if people are digesting fluoride concentrations under 4mg/liter.
Want to Take the Safest Approach?
The best way to avoid any risk of health conditions arising from ingesting fluoride is to only drink water that has had fluoride removed. The greenest way to do this is to have home bottled water delivery service, as the bottles are cleaned and reused so there is no waste involved in process (unlike buying individual bottles from the store or having a filtration system which usually cannot remove all of the chemicals such as fluoride on it's own). Rocky Mountain Bottled Water is a Colorado owned and operated Bottled Water company, and home delivery is their primary service. If you are interested in Bottled Water Delivery and you live in Denver or the greater Denver Metro Area, you can try them free for your first 30 days!
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American Cancer Society - https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/water-fluoridation-and-cancer-risk.html
Kim FM, Hayes C, Williams PL, et al. An assessment of bone fluoride and osteosarcoma. J Dent Res. 2011; 90:1171–1176.
National Research Council. Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards. 2006. Accessed at www.nap.edu/catalog/11571/fluoride-in-drinking-water-a-scientific-review-of-epas-standards#toc on May 20, 2015.
National Research Council. Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride. 1993. Accessed at www.nap.edu/catalog/2204/health-effects-of-ingested-fluoride on May 20, 2015.