The Sounder published a letter July 9, 2013 from Teresa Greenway expressing concern about fluoride being added to Eastsound Water.
Eastsound Water Users Association provides water to over 2,200 Orcas residents in the Eastsound area. EWUA does not, and never has, added fluoride to the water we deliver to our members. The EWUA Board supports the concept that our members should decide for themselves whether they want to use fluoride as part their dental health program or not. Furthermore, EWUA has confirmed with both the State Department of Health and San Juan County Health and Community Services that NO San Juan County water systems add fluoride to drinking water.
Fluoride can be present in water from naturally occurring sources, most commonly from erosion of natural deposits. Typically EWUA’s professional independent laboratory tests for fluoride come back as NON-DETECT, meaning fluoride can not be found. One sample in 2012 found 0.1 parts per million of fluoride. The EPA has set the safe fluoride level in drinking water at 4.0 parts per million. In the worst case scenario EWUA’s highest fluoride test result is 2.5 percent of what is considered a safe level for fluoride by the EPA.
As required by law, EWUA recently distributed to our members the 2012 Consumer Confidence Report that reviewed the results of over 8000 water quality tests performed this year. Once again last year, EWUA had NO tests results that exceeded the “maximum contaminant level” prescribed by the State Health Department and the National Safe Drinking Water Act.
If you have questions about the quality or safety of Eastsound Water please contact us. We work for you!
In the Spirit of Service,
EWUA General Manager