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What's in your water?

Time to check annual water reports

By July 1 each year, water suppliers nationwide are required to send their customers annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports, giving dental professionals the opportunity to check on the status of their community's water—and in particular—its fluoride levels.

The reports, which detail quality and content of water may be mailed to consumers' homes, often with the water bill, published in local newspapers or posted online.

Water systems are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue these annual reports. For more information on CCRs, log on to the EPA website or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to check on local water system fluoridation status.

Or contact the local water supplier or the local, county or state health department for more information about the fluoride content of your water system's water.

For more information on fluoride and fluoridation, visit the website.