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Fluoride May Be Eliminated In Spring Hill Drinking Water

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. - It's been part of our lives for nearly 70 years and it could soon be gone for the folks living in Spring Hill.

Since 1945, fluoride has been used in the drinking water across the country. Now, more cities have decided to stop using it and Spring Hill could be next.

You can't taste it or smell it, but fluoride runs through the water you drink and brush your teeth.

"My understanding is it started in the 1940s to prevent tooth decay in children," said Spring Hill Water Superintendent Caryl Giles.

Giles said after getting a few questions as to why the city still used the chemical, she took the question to the decision makers of the city.

"So I thought the time was now to bring it out and allow the alderman to help me make that decision. Do we continue to fluoridate the water or do we take it out?" Giles asked.

Currently, there are no state regulations that require the use of the chemical but it is used often.

Spring Hill recently dropped the percentage it uses from 1 milligram to .7.

"In February, EPA and the Health of Human Services recommended a dosage of .7 milligrams per liter," explained Giles.

Fluoride does not kill any germs; its only purpose is to prevent tooth decay. So if it's eliminated, Giles said there is nothing to worry about.

While fluoride is already the cheapest chemical used in water, eliminating it could save Spring Hill more than $20,000 per year.

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