Albuquerque utility votes against fluoride

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has decided against adding more fluoride to the municipal water supply.

The vote came during a meeting Wednesday night.

In the same resolution, board members promised to revisit the issue after the federal government finalizes recommendations on optimal fluoride levels.

They also agreed to enter discussions with Albuquerque Public Schools and the New Mexico Department of Health to collaborate on public awareness of dental health.

The board was considering a measure that would have required the water authority to resume adding supplemental fluoride to the drinking water supply. It had stopped the practice in 2011 pending new federal guidelines.

Those guidelines have yet to materialize.

The utility says fluoride occurs naturally in Albuquerque's water system at an average of 0.5 parts per million.

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