Living in a town like Boulder, Colorado, known for its wealth in health and its mirrored environment: imbued with gorgeous mountains, reservoirs, creeks, streams, waterfalls, etc. One might assume their water is freshly flowing from these water sources – straight into their drinking glass.
Not to burst your ‘Boulder’ bubble, but unfortunately. . . this is not the case. We will give you a little run down! Though the City of Boulder is flourishing with high quality water – these natural resources still must be integrated into a “protected” water quality treatment center. Said to prevent further contamination from possible wildlife, stormwater, wildfire and mining runoff, these centers must add chlorine, aluminum sulfite and polymer – before sedimentation and filtration. Fluoride is added after. According to EWG (Environmental Working Group) selected health guideline, cancer causing chemicals were found in this water, after treatment (Chromium and total trihalomethanes).
Here is when the situation becomes misleading. Yes, Boulder has implemented a comprehensive drinking water quality system, but why are there further (harmful) minerals added and used to refine this process? This is what we should truly be after; the knowledge of what goes into our bodies.
“Fluoride is one of the most toxic substances known to man, yet based on its inclusion in virtually every brand of toothpaste, the American Dental Association believes it’s okay to use fluoride for preventative dental care. Other products, such as bottled water, infant formulas, and even vitamin supplements, now contain fluoride!
In 2002, nearly 90% of the U.S. population was supplied water via public water systems, and around 67% of that number received fluoridated water. This occurred in spite of the fact, “No statistically significant differences were found in the decay rates of permanent teeth or the percentages of decay-free children in the fluoridated, non-fluoridated, and partially fluoridated areas.” read more here.
Boulder began adding fluoride to its water supply following voter approval of a 1969 ballot measure. At both treatment plants, fluoride is added to the finished water for dental health. On Feb. 22, 2016, the City of Boulder’s Utilities Division decreased the amount of fluoride added to the drinking water, from 0.9 to 0.7 mg/L based on updated federal and state guidance.
What do we do about this? Inform yourselves. Research. Get to know your city’s drinking water guidelines. Take action. Our personal favorite: drink water directly from fresh springs, and advocate for no fracking! We are abundant in watering holes (more than most states), be mindful in regards to buying bottled water. Yes, filters can reduce the amount of chemicals in your drinking water, though you should really look into this filtration system guide.
Water is not negotiable, neither is your health.
We share this information with our beloved community, to not be in the dark about the decisions that are subsequently made for us.
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