Water Fluoridation Cost Increased in 2012

6 years 5 months 1 week ago Tuesday, February 05 2013 Feb 5, 2013 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 12:10:00 PM CST February 05, 2013 in News
By: Xiaoyun Wu
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Water and Light Department spent about $47,000 in 2012 on fluoride for the public water system, an increase over previous years due mainly to increased water usage.

"In 2012, there was a drought, so we pumped a lot more water," said Connie Kacprowicz, the spokesperson for Columbia Water and Light Department. "The amount of money that Columbia Water and Light spends on fluoride varies from year to year, depending on how much water we pump."

The latest statistics the state sends to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Water Fluoridation Reporting System program show that in 2010, the number of people in Missouri receiving fluoridated water was 3,966,102. This figure accounts for 79.8 percent of the population served by community water systems, ranking Missouri the 23rd highest among all states.

As CDC economic analysis shows, for larger communities of more than 20,000 people, the cost of fluoridating the water is about 50 cents per person per year. Supporters of fluoridation claim every dollar spent on the additive saves about $38 per person in dental treatment costs.

For people who worry most about dental fluorosis--an excessive concentration of fluoride on teeth--Dentist Lori Henderson said the issue is exaggerated.

"I hope people will investigate that themselves and locate those photographs, so that they know what's being talked about," Henderson said. "It's not only not common, but doesn't affect the health function of our tooth."

Columbia resident Kevin Gamble started paying attention to this issue since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the recommended fluoridation level to the lowest end of the optimal level in 2010, which is 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. The news triggered his concern. His family purchases filtered water for drinking and cooking purposes.

"If there's a risk, or potential risk to anyone in the community from fluoridation, and if there's a readily available alternative which is much safer, such as toothpaste, then we should not add it into water supply," Gamble said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — Three men were arrested after allegedly stealing $22,000 worth of electronics from a Moberly Walmart Saturday. Several... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:53:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in Continuous News
CENTERTOWN - Family, friends and even strangers showed up to celebrate Jasen Smith's life at his Memorial Benefit at Apple... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 4:35:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police confirmed a runaway teen missing since Thursday was found safe Saturday afternoon. Summer Skye Allen was... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - After being closed since May due to flooding, The Station House at Katfish Katy's is now open. ... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 3:32:16 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The runway at Jefferson City Memorial Airport is back open after a small plane overturned Saturday morning.... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 1:25:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Rolla man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for a 2017 shooting that killed two people.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 7:45:00 PM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - The Missouri Highway Patrol helped detonate a suspicious package Friday afternoon at the Holts Summit Police Station.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 7:29:00 PM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - With excessive heat fixed over Mid-Missouri, senior citizens looked for a place to escape the heat on Friday.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 1:45:00 PM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Show-Me State games kicked off Friday morning at 11 AM with a Torch Run at the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 1:44:00 PM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Thursday night after he allegedly went into a woman's apartment and sexually abused her.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 9:06:01 AM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 8:12:49 AM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Versailles man previously convicted of child molestation has been charged with possession of and promoting child pornography.... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:47:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA heard Missouri's appeal on Thursday after the school was handed a handful of penalties back in... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:49:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
BRANSON - One year ago Friday, 17 were killed when a duck boat sank during a thunderstorm on Table Rock... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:01:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:09:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The new AI face editing app FaceApp has become an instant hit with iPhone users. However, there are... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An excessive heat warning is still in effect through Saturday and families should take precautions when playing on... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:55:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced Thursday the creation of a new program to help small businesses and farmers after... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 85°
10pm 86°
11pm 85°
12am 84°
1am 81°