Leduc EPCOR water service customers will continue to experience a temporary fluoride interruption that began on Sept. 3, due to an upgrade to the E.L Smith Water Treatment Plant.
EPCOR will be upgrading their fluoride process by replacing storage tanks.
“All the work is contained within one room, which would be where we need to … keep the fluoride process in operation … so we found it just wasn’t possible,” said Audrey Cudrak, director of Edmonton water treatment plants.
According to Cudrak the water quality will remain the same and is safe to drink. Fluoride occurs naturally in fresh water at approximately 0.1 parts per million (ppm). It is added to treated water increasing the concentration to 0.7 ppm which fits the Health Canada Guideline. EPCOR has been adding fluoride since 1966 in part to improve dental health.
“We did consult with Alberta Health Services … and they recommend that everyone uses fluoridated toothpaste, maybe schedule a regular dental checkup … take good precautions to protect their teeth because that additional fluoride in the water won’t be there,” Cudrak said.
The fluoride interruption affects some of Edmonton, Leduc, Beaumont, Nisku, Morinville, Onoway, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Stony Plain and Sturgeon County.
The upgrade to the storage tanks is expected to last seven months.