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THE ANCHOR, MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015 PAGE 7

Town provides update on fluoride levels in wells



Since the introduction of the town's new diluter Managing naturally occurring fluoride levels has resulting in varying fluoride levels.
well, over the last four months, Edson has seen just been, and will continue to be, a long-term focus for The actual level will vary depending on which wells
one instance of fluoride levels slightly above the Edson's well water supply. Naturally occurring are being used at the time and where in the
maximum acceptable concentration set by Health fluoride can be found in all natural waters at varying community the measurement is being taken.
Canada of 1.5 mg/L (milligrams per litre). concentrations. According to AHS the highest measured level is
That result came back at 1.59 mg/L and only in one Some of the wells, including #18, contain naturally above the acceptable limit of 1.5mg/L. Measurements
sample area of eight throughout town. occurring fluoride at levels higher than Health Canada taken between March 2014 and March 2015 show the
The town's water supply comes from wells. standards. To mitigate the fluoride, the town mixes naturally occurring fluoride levels ranged from 0.47
Currently there are 11 wells, with some being high water produced from Well #18 with water from wells mg/L to 2 mg/L. Over the last four months there was
producers, and others being low production wells. with little or no fluoride. only one instance higher that the accepted limit.
The largest production comes from Well #18 which is As upgrades to wells continue, some of the diluter It is to be expected that the levels of naturally
located on the Ansel Tower Road. wells will need to be shut down from time to time, occurring fluoride will continue to fluctuate in the
town water supply and the health advice provided by
AHS in the attached will continue to remain in place,
AHS issues bulletin on elevated according to town officials.
The town states they are working hard to maintain
low levels of fluoride in drinking water and this is not
fluoride in Edson water supply a prolonged exposure to high fluoride levels. As more
diluter wells come online it will assist in managing
the levels of naturally occurring fluoride in the
community's water.
In a public health bulletin to Edson residents Alberta Children under 8 years of age who consume greater If you have any questions about the town's water
Health Services states that fluoride levels above 1.5 amounts of fluoride – such as drinking water with more supply please contact the Town of Edson Public
mg/L may cause dental fluorosis. than 1.5 mg/L of fluoride, have a higher risk of Works Department at 780-723-6461. If you have
The results of a recent water test in Edson, and only developing dental fluorosis. Fluorosis only happens health-related questions regarding fluoride in drinking
from one sample area out of eight in town, came back while the teeth are developing under the gum. water please call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-
slightly high at 1.59 mg/L. This means you won't see the problem until adult teeth 5465.
According to AHS, mild dental fluorosis looks like erupt into the mouth, up to five or six years after
white flecks on the teeth and may be difficult to notice. consuming the water with high fluoride level. Once
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