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Cedar Rapids reduces fluoride in drinking water

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- On Tuesday, the City of Cedar Rapids cut the amount of fluoride they put in their drinking water.

The Cedar Rapids Water Division changed the optimal dosage of fluoride from 1.0 parts per million(ppm) to 0.7 ppm.

The move is based on a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  HHS says that because of the increased availability of fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash, communities don't need to put as much fluoride in their water systems.

Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, is proven to keep tooth enamel strong, protecting against tooth decay.

Previously, Cedar Rapids had a fluoride level between 0.7 ppm and 1.2 ppm with an optimal dosage of 1.0 ppm.  By reducing the optimal dosage to 0.7 ppm, they will now have a range of 0.6 to 0.9 ppm.

The water division says the reduction will have no negative effect on the quality of water.

If you have questions, visit http://bit.ly/CRFluoride or contact Customer Service at 286-5900.

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