Drinking Water Threatens Environment
By Heather Gingerich, M.Sc
(WINDSOR, ON) – Fluoride Free Windsor will be presenting to the Windsor Essex County Environment Committee at their next regular meeting, Thursday, December 1st, as to the Environmental Impacts and Legal Implications of the city’s decision to add industrial grade waste products as a fluoridating agent to our municipal water supply.
For every 100 trucks of hydrofluorosilicic tooth medicine we bring into the city, 99 of them go directly back into our waterways as less than 1% of treated tap water is ingested by citizens of Windsor, Tecumseh and Lasalle.
Artificial water fluoridation chemicals and the co-contaminants of lead, arsenic and mercury are not removed by wastewater treatment. Essentially we buy a small volume of a high-grade toxic substance from another country (initially the US but with off-shoring more frequently from China who does not fluoridate themselves but are happy to supply us with our industrial waste tooth medicine) and transform it via dilution through our water system into a larger volume of a lower-grade toxic substance in our own backyard.
Our endangered species are suffering as a result. 7 of the 8 indigenous Ontario turtle species are listed as at risk. Turtles are considered an indicator species, when turtle populations start to crash, you are near or past the tipping point and the next on the ladder of effects are mammals with our infants and children affected first.
Health Canada is bullying endangered species by supporting a practice with Canadian Drinking Water Standards far above the Environment Canada Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Species. Human drinking water standards do not protect the environment.
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