The City of Brighton’s Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant recently received an award from the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) Oral Health Unit (OHU) awarded the city’s RO Plant with the 2018 Water Fluoridation Quality Award. The City of Brighton was one of 18 water facilities to receive the award for 2018.
According to the letter, the current U.S. Public Health Service recommendation for optimally fluoridated water is 0.7 mg/L. A water treatment plant is considered to be providing optimally fluoridated water when daily levels are maintained between 0.6 mg/L and 0.9 mg/L for 75% of the month.
In order to be considered for providing optimally fluoridated water, the RO Plant sends monthly reports to the OHU and monthly samples to the State Laboratory.
“We would like to thank the state for this recognition,” Lead Plant Operator Jim Hinton said. “Fluoride is a difficult additive to control and measure. The State of Colorado presents these awards in recognition of that fact.”
Community water fluoridation provides a public health benefit that can be accessed by every member of your community. Community water fluoridation is:
Safe - At optimal levels, there is no scientifically peer-reviewed credible evidence of a link between fluoride and any adverse health effects. Over 100 reputable organizations support CWF including the American Medical Association, American Pediatrics Association, the American Water Works Association and many more.
Beneficial – Fluoridation prevents at least 25% of tooth decay in children and adults throughout their lifespan.
Cost effective - Communities that invest $1 per person per year in optimally fluoridated water save their population approximately $32 per person per year in averted dental costs. This equates to approximately $1,152,320 for your community.