The University of Texas unveiled a plan to install two fluoride-free drinking fountains on their campus. UT heralded this plan as the “first in the nation,” but Texas State’s water fountains have always been fluoride-free.
Water fluoridation is the process in which fluoride is added to water by the government. This fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay, but has become controversial over the years due to concerns about how safe the compound is.
Robert Love, UT public affairs graduate student, was the author of the bill passed by UT’s Student Government to install reverse-osmosis water fountains on their campus, thus making the water fluoride-free.
Love hopes that these new fountains will be installed by the spring semester. Fluoride is not in all water, but is found in big cities, such as the San Marcos water system. However, Texas State does not add fluoride, according to Juan Guerra.
Guerra, associate vice president of facilities, said all of the fountains on Texas State’s main campus are fluoride-free. Texas State services their fountains with a supply of well water, thus the water is fluoride-free.