Milwaukee to continue fluoridating water supply

Milwaukee's Common Council on July 24 agreed to direct the Milwaukee Water Works to continue fluoridating the city's drinking water but with a lower concentration of fluoride.

Alderman Jim Bohl originally wanted to ban fluoride entirely from the city's drinking water, setting off a community debate.

The new legislation lowers Milwaukee's water fluoridation levels from 1.1 parts per million (ppm) to 0.7 ppm, which is the new proposed recommendation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The legislation also directs the Milwaukee Health Department to inform parents of infants younger than 6 months old of the "increased chance of mild dental fluorosis if the child is exclusively consuming infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water."

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