Fluoride & Fluoride Removal Products
Fluoride in Drinking Water
Should you have it?
How do you get rid of it if you don't want it?
by Gene Franks
Fluoride added to city water supplies is a particularly American dilemma. Most of the modern industrial world has already tried and rejected fluoridation. Fluoridation of drinking water was originally proposed as a solution to the toxic waste dilemma of the aluminum manufacturing industry. Rationale for adding it to tap water has been a claimed but never really proven protection against dental caries.
At Pure Water Products we get calls from people who want fluoride taken out of their water and calls from people who want it left in. We can accommodate both and we usually don't argue with either viewpoint, although I certainly have my personal prejudices on the subject.
We provide articles on this website and encourage people to read. And if you want to pursue the subject, there are some good websites devoted to the subject in our links section. My prejudices are, of course, reflected in the choice of articles and websites.
For those who want fluoride removed, we sell several products that will do the job. We also sell some very fine water purifiers that leave the fluoride intact, if that's the way you want it..
To explain a bit about fluoride removal, there are some really good and a few not-too-bad ways to go about it. The best technologies are reverse osmosis and distillation. Both remove fluoride handily. If you do not want the total treatment of a distiller or a reverse osmosis system, the next best thing is a simple filter with a cartridge containing activated alumina, the industry standard for fluoride removal.
Activated alumina cartridges have some advantages and some problems. Their effective lifespan is fairly short, they are relatively expensive, and people don't like the word alumina in the name because it sounds too much like aluminum. That being said, filters with activated alumina are popular. They are most often used in conjunction with other filters, usually carbon, since activated alumina alone does little for water except remove fluoride and arsenic. It does not improve the taste or remove chemical contaminants like pesticides. By using an activated alumina cartridge combined with a carbon cartridge, you get a good, broad-range water filter. We stock one cartridge that combines activated alumina with granular carbon, providing a good all-around cartridge for countertop filters.
There are some more exotic fluoride removal methods, such as specialty ion exchange resins and a unique filter carbon called bone char that is made from animal bones. But the most substantial are the three main strategies listed above.