Fluoride Action Network

State Fluoride Database

Read the latest fluoride news from your state; find out if your town is fluoridated, see if any communities have recently rejected fluoridation, learn if your state has a law that mandates fluoridation, and other fluoride-related information.

Wisconsin

WATER FLUORIDATION STATUS:

  • PERCENT OF PEOPLE SERVED BY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS THAT ARE FLUORIDATED:
    201289.4%
    200689.7%
    200089.3%
    199293.0%
  • To see if your town is fluoridated, click here.
  • To learn when your town was fluoridated, and which fluoridation chemical it uses, click here.
  • Effective February 1, 2013 the Department of Health Services recommended optimal level of fluoride for Wisconsin Public Water Systems is 0.70 mg/L. Reference

WATER FLUORIDATION ACCIDENTS:

  • FEBRUARY 1992 — Rice Lake: Residents vomiting. Centers for Disease Control state that 150 water consumers potentially at risk. A pump feed thought to have lasted for two days leads to fluoride levels as high as 20 ppm. The Wisconsin State Dental Director states, “To be harmful, exposure would have to have been about 225 ppm.” This statement is incorrect, as serious adverse symptoms have been reported as low as 50 ppm, and death has occurred at 150 ppm. (SOURCE: Carton 1994)
  • OCTOBER 1990 — Westby: Fluoride levels reach as high as 150 ppm after fluoridation malfunction. Four families suffer a week of diarrhea, upset stomach and burning throats. The water utility supervisor estimates the fluoride level to be ten times normal since it had burned his mouth. The elevated fluoride levels corrode the copper off the pipes in area homes, producing copper concentrations 70 times higher than the EPA recommended limit. (SOURCE: Carton 1994)

LATEST NEWS:

Wisconsin’s FLUORIDATION LAW:

  • The State of Wisconsin does not mandate fluoridation.  Local governments control fluoridation policy in WI.  City councils can begin or discontinue fluoridation at their discretion, or by a referendum vote.  To learn more about WI’s fluoridation ordinances, click here.

DATA ON ORAL HEALTH:

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN Wisconsin:

If you live in WI and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact Stuart Cooper, FAN’s campaign coordinator.

Wisconsin COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE REJECTED FLUORIDATION:

Community Population Date
St. Croix Falls 2126 February 2013
Balsam Lake 1,000 February 4, 2013
Grantsburg 1,300 December 12, 2011
Holmen 6,200 April 27, 2011
Amery
(Decision reversed in 2010)
2,800 November 30, 2009
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
(for the 2nd time)
13,661 February 17, 2009
Prairie du Chien 5,900 November 4, 2008
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
(Rejected again in 2009)
13,000 April 2004
Blue River 433
(as of 2011)
February 2001
Shawano 9,263
(as of 2011)
November 7, 2000
Village of Orfordville 1,441
(ad of 2011)
December 9, 1996
Bloomer 3,560
(as of 2011)
November 6, 1996
Milltown 913
(as of 2011)
October 17, 1992

WISCONSIN WATER SYSTEMS WITH HIGH FLUORIDE LEVELS:

Water Systems County Population Fluoride (ppm)
Allouez Brown 14,882 2.7
Ashwaubenon Brown 14,486 2.1
Bailey’s Harbor Yacht Club Door 25 1.8
Bellevue SD Brown 4,101 2.5
Darboy Outagamie 800 1.5
Depere Brown 14,892 2.3
Holland S.D. Outagamie 280 1.8
Kenosha Mobile Courts Kenosha 250 1.7
Little Chute Outagamie 7,907 1.6
Romanesko MHP Outagamie 80 1.5
Rustic Acres MHP Oconto 111 1.6
Schoenike MHP # 1 Shawano 68 1.6
Schoenike MHP # 2 Shawano 100 1.6
Scott S.D. Brown 610 2.5
Wrightstown Brown 1,169 2.4
Information from CDC’s Fluoridation Census published in 1993.

FLUORIDE POLLUTION SOURCES IN WISCONSIN:

In 2008, Wisconsin ranked #17 out of 48 states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (1,242,523 pounds). The following data comes from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). “Total releases” includes both water and air pollution. It’s important to note, however, that not all industries or sources that release fluoride into the environment are included in the TRI.

Total HF Releases Type of Industry Name of Industry
250,000 Coal-fired power plant PLEASANT PRAIRIE POWER PLANT. 8000 95TH ST, PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wisconsin 53158 (KENOSHA)
203,370 Coal-fired power plant COLUMBIA ENERGY CENTER. W8375 MURRAY RD, PARDEEVILLE, Wisconsin 53954 (COLUMBIA)
160,000 Coal-fired power plant OAK CREEK POWER PLANT. 11060 S CHICAGO RD, OAK CREEK, Wisconsin 53154 (MILWAUKEE)
150,000 Coal-fired power plant VALLEY POWER PLANT. 1035 W CANAL ST, MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin 53233 (MILWAUKEE)
116,870 Primary Metals PLYMOUTH TUBE – EAST TROY PLANT. 2061 YOUNG ST, EAST TROY, Wisconsin 53120 (WALWORTH)
109,518 Coal-fired power plant EDGEWATER GENERATING STATION. 3739 LAKESHORE DR, SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin 53081 (SHEBOYGAN)
95,000 Coal-fired power plant DAIRYLAND POWER COOPERATIVE-ALMA SITE. 500 OLD STH 35, ALMA, Wisconsin 54610 (BUFFALO)
90,000 Coal-fired power plant DAIRYLAND POWER COOPERATIVE – GENOA SITE. S4651 STATE RD 35, GENOA, Wisconsin 54632 (VERNON)
48,000 Coal-fired power plant WESTON POWER PLANT. 2501 MORRISON AVE, ROTHSCHILD, Wisconsin 54474 (MARATHON)
35,000 Paper GEORGIA-PACIFIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS LP. 1919 S BROADWAY, GREEN BAY, Wisconsin 54304 (BROWN)
24,319 Coal-fired power plant NELSON DEWEY GENERATING STATION. 11999 COUNTY RD VV, CASSVILLE, Wisconsin 53806 (GRANT)
21,000 Coal-fired power plant PULLIAM POWER PLANT. 1530 N BYLSBY AVE, GREEN BAY, Wisconsin 54303 (BROWN)
10,251 Paper WAUSAU PAPER SPECIALTY PRODUCTS LLC. 515 W DAVENPORT ST, RHINELANDER, Wisconsin 54501 (ONEIDA)
7,368 Fabricated Metals KOHLER CO. 444 HIGHLAND DR, KOHLER, Wisconsin 53044 (SHEBOYGAN)
3,513 Primary Metals PLYMOUTH TUBE TRENT PLANT. 2056 YOUNG ST, EAST TROY, Wisconsin 53120 (WALWORTH)
627 Chemicals CERAC INC. 407 N 13TH ST, MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin 53233 (MILWAUKEE)
618 Primary Metals FELKER BROTHERS CORP. 1707 E FOURTH ST, MARSHFIELD, Wisconsin 54449 (WOOD)
116 Fabricated Metals BALL METAL BEVERAGE CONTAINER CORP. 8500 W TOWER AVE, MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin 53224 (MILWAUKEE)
106 Fabricated Metals LADISH FORGING LLC. 5481 S PACKARD AVE, CUDAHY, Wisconsin 53110 (MILWAUKEE)
72 Fabricated Metals BALL CONTAINER LLC. 105 E BLACKHAWK DR, FORT ATKINSON, Wisconsin 53538 (JEFFERSON)
19 Primary Metals CHARTER SPECIALTY STEEL. 1795 S HICKORY ST, FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin 54937 (FOND DU LAC)
2 Petroleum MURPHY OIL USA INC. 2407 STINSON AVE, SUPERIOR, Wisconsin 54880 (DOUGLAS)

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