If the tap water this summer has tasted slightly different, it’s because it was not being fluoridated by the Orange Water And Sewage Authority. However, as of this past Monday, OWASA resumed putting fluoride into the water.
Fluoride is the chemical that most toothpaste companies put in their toothpaste to help clean and whiten teeth.
“As you probably know, the purpose of fluoridation is to protect public health,” said OWASA public affairs administrator, Greg Feller.
In a news release, OWASA said they fluoridate their water to promote dental health, under recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Dental Association, NC Division of Public Health, Orange County Board of Health and other organizations.
The fluoridation of drinking water has become a hot topic in recent years, as a recent study has demonstrated a possible link between high levels of fluoride and a loss of IQ.