It notified those in Alma, Redhill, Dyer and Kibler that they will begin fluoridating the water, starting on June 15.
Alma Public Works Director Mark Yardley said the population in those areas combined is around 9,000.
"The purpose is to improve the oral health of the people in the city of Alma," Yardley said.
He said the state mandated act has been met with some resistance.
"There are those in the community who have voiced their opposition to have fluoride in the drinking water but, because it's state-mandated, we really don't have a choice," Yardley said. "We have to fluoridate the water."
The Arkansas Department of Health and The American Dental Association backs the addition of fluoride to drinking water, noting it to be safe and effective in preventing tooth decay. Those on the other side of the issue have called it unethical and unhealthy.
In 2011, Arkansas Legislators passed Act 197 requiring water supplies serving more than 5,000 to use fluoride in those systems.
The amount of fluoride is regulated by the state.
"Regulation calls for a fluoride level between 0.7 and 1.2 parts per million, and the city of Alma is planning to feed the 0.7 million," Yardley said.
Unfortunately, in spite of the mounting evidence that fluoride does more damage to human health than it helps, public water systems across the country are still regulated to include fluoride in drinking water. Dental products are still touting the benefits of fluoride and consumers are continually exposed to massive amounts.
Dr. Paul Connett of Fluoride Alert asserts that, “Fluoride is the only chemical added to water for the purpose of medical treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies fluoride as a drug when used to prevent or mitigate disease (FDA 2000).”
How to Avoid the Dangers of Fluoride
What should you do? Since 70% of the U.S. water supply is fluoridated, you may want to consider adding a water purification system to your home if you’re using municipal water. Avoid dental products and treatments that contain fluoride. Also, avoid tap water as much as possible when in public places. The hidden dangers of fluoride not only cause those unappealing white spots on the pearly whites, but also can be the cause of other more serious health conditions.