Shipment term

BOPU receives fluoride delivery, levels should remain stable for now

The Cheyenne Utilities Board received a shipment of fluoride which is expected to last approximately 90 days.

It means a lower fluoride levels in the Cheyenne water supply that was announced earlier this month will not happen, at least not yet.

Fluoride is a natural mineral often added to drinking water to reduce dental caries. Earlier this month, the BOPU said its usual fluoride supplier was unable to supply the product at this time and no future deliveries were expected. The latest delivery changes that in the short term at least.

Although Cheyenne drinking water contains some naturally occurring fluoride, it is also added to the water supply at RL Sherard Water Treatment Plant. Between natural fluoride and additional added fluoride, local drinking water typically contains about 0.7 mg/L of the mineral.

On Tuesday, the BOPU announced that it had finally received a shipment of fluoride. Townsquare Media has reached out to BOPU spokeswoman Erin Lamb to ask if that means fluoride levels will stay the same for now.

Here is his response:

Yes that is correct.

We will complete while supplies last. We are not on schedule to receive additional supply, but if the supply chain issue is resolved, that could change as well.

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