A community water supply system provides water to the public for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances and serves at least 15 service connections used by year-round residents or regularly serves at least 25 year-round residents (as defined by Florida's Department of Environmental Protection). This indicator estimates the population served by a community water system that has adjusted their water with fluoride, has fluoride naturally occurring in their water, or purchases water from another system which is adjusted or naturally fluoridated to be considered a fluoridated system.
Water fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply in order to reduce tooth decay. Moderate water fluoridation prevents tooth decay and is now reaching about two-thirds of the US population on public water systems. Tooth decay (dental caries) is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases worldwide and one which greatly affects the quality of life of children, particularly those of low socioeconomic status. Fluoride toothpaste, dental sealants and other techniques are also effective in preventing tooth decay. Water fluoridation, when technically feasible, has substantial advantages over toothpaste, especially for those at high risk.
In 2019, the percentage of Population Receiving Fluoridated Water in Alachua County was 91.4 compared to Florida at 78.1. The line graph shows change over time when there are at least three years of data.Links: Healthy People 2030|Other Resource 1|Other Resource 2
Population Receiving Fluoridated Water, Percentage of Population Served by Community Water Systems, Single Year