The City of Gillette will temporarily shut down the Madison Pipeline from January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015. During this time, the City will rely on in-town wells from the Fort Union and Fox Hills formations to produce drinking water for its City customers. Fluoride occurs naturally in the in-town wells which the City will continue to monitor 24/7. Fluoride is good in small doses, but larger doses may be harmful, especially to children under nine years of age.
Campbell County School District will take appropriate precautions to ensure the health of its students in junior kindergarten through third grade. Even though the risk is very slight for children under the age of nine, Campbell County School District will supply bottled water from a dispenser for each classroom in this age group, as recommended by public health officials. Parents will receive a letter from school district personnel which will be sent home on Monday, December 15, 2014. The following in-town schools will receive bottled water: Sunflower, Hillcrest, Meadowlark, Lakeview, Prairie Wind, Paintbrush, Pronghorn, Wagonwheel, Buffalo Ridge, Rozet, and the Aquatic Center. The bottled water will be delivered to the aforementioned elementary schools by the end of the year and be available for children before the start of school on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Rural schools are not on city water and will not be affected. Those rural schools are: Conestoga, Cottonwood, Rawhide, Recluse, 4-J, and Little Powder. Secondary schools in Campbell County will not be affected.
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Note from Fluoride Action Network:
The CDC reported in 1992 that Gillette has a natural level of fluoride in water is 1.9 ppm