Fluoridation Update (Posted May 25, 2016)
The Water Authority ceased adding supplemental fluoride to the municipal drinking water supply in 2011 pending final recommendation on optimal fluoride levels from the federal government. CDC eventually issued a recommended optimal level of 0.7 mg/L in 2015. Water Authority staff responded by developing a fluoridation plan to meet – as closely as possible – the recommended optimal level system-wide. However, the associated expenditures for plan implementation were not approved by the by the Water Authority’s Governing Board at its May 18, 2016 meeting.
Supplemental fluoridation of the municipal drinking water supply, therefore, has been indefinitely curtailed. Naturally occurring fluoride in Albuquerque's drinking water is measured at about 0.4 mg/L.
Pursuant to obtaining public input on this issue, the Water Authority conducted a town hall meeting on April 9, 2014, at the African American Performing Arts Center. About 70 people attended the meeting, and presentations were made by Water Authority staff and experts opposed to and in favor of fluoridation (click on links to download copies of the presentations).
A transcript of the meeting has been posted here.