Does the City of Pocatello fluoridate the water?
Nationally, fluoridation continues to be a heated topic of discussion. According to the American Water Works Association, fluoridation of drinking water is endorsed by the American Dental Association and U.S. Public Health Service. When used at the recommended levels, fluoride is considered safe and effective in preventing and controlling tooth decay. Consuming high concentrations of fluoride can cause a condition called dental fluorosis which can cause teeth to become mottled and fragile. Opponents argue that because fluoride is a carcinogen they should have a choice in the matter and do not want it added to their drinking water. Others believe that a topical application (fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses) is more beneficial than ingesting fluoridated water.

In any event, neither side can deny the fact that only a small percentage of the total amount of water produced is actually consumed. In residential use alone, the vast majority of water is used for irrigation, laundry, washing dishes, personal hygiene, flushing toilets, etc. The philosophy of the Pocatello Water Department is that the tremendous equipment expense and maintenance costs do not justify a system-wide fluoridation program to provide treatment that only benefits a small segment of its water consumers.

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1. Where does my water come from?
2. What's in my drinking water?
3. Do I need to take special precautions?
4. How will I know if my water isn't safe to drink?
5. What is the hardness of Pocatello's water?
6. Does the City of Pocatello fluoridate the water?
7. How can I get my water tested?
8. Why does Pocatello flush its fire hydrants?
9. Why does my water have a dirty or milky appearance?
10. What is a consumer confidence report and why does the city mail the report to customers?
11. Do you recommend installing a home water treatment unit?
12. How can I participate in important decisions regarding my drinking water?
13. How can I contact other agencies regarding drinking water?