All sources of water have a natural amount of fluoride. The right amount of fluoride in drinking water helps protect against tooth decay. Drinking water includes all water used to drink or prepare drinks (including infant formula) and the water we use for cooking.
There are guidelines that set the highest levels of fluoride in water that is safe for us to drink (called the maximum recommended level). This helps protect us against possible unwanted health effects caused by too much fluoride. Depending on the health effect and your age, it may be safe to drink water that has fluoride levels higher than the maximum recommended level.
Anyone can use water with fluoride levels above 1.5 mg/L for dishwashing, laundry, handwashing, and bathing since fluoride can’t get through the skin.
Drinking water that comes from a well may have fluoride levels that are too high. If your drinking water has more than 1.5 mg/L fluoride, you may need to take steps to protect your health.
If your drinking water has too much fluoride, you can use drinking water from another source such as treated public water or bottled water. These sources of drinking water have a 1.5 mg/L level of fluoride or less.
You can also lower the level of fluoride in your drinking water supply by:
For more information and help to lower the level of fluoride in your drinking water, contact a
public health inspector.
Current as of: November 22, 2018
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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