No changes in Aspen, Snowmass, but some say issue needs discussion
On the heels of a federal agency recommending a reduced level of fluoride in domestic water supplies, water officials in Aspen and Snowmass Village said the new guideline won’t affect the amount of the chemical they use.
But they also said the decision should trigger renewed discussions about whether to use fluoride, which both towns have had in their water for decades, at all. The additive aids in the development of children’s teeth, but adults don’t derive any benefit from it, and officials said last week that there are plenty of other readily available sources from which fluoride can be obtained. Those who would prefer to see it dropped altogether say, among other reasons, that local water already has a small amount of naturally occurring fluoride in it.
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