Fluoride levels in the UK

Charlie Faulknor made this Freedom of Information request to Drinking Water Inspectorate

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Dear Drinking Water Inspectorate,

These questions pertain to fluoride in drinking water in the UK.

-On your website there is a leaflet: 'Average fluoride levels in zones during 2011', where it shows a map of the UK. There are areas of elevated fluoride levels (>0.5mg/l) in non-fluoridated areas east of Bath, east of Newbury, south-east and east of Cambridge, east of Liverpool and around Hartlepool (please refer to the colour coded map referred to).

---What is the reason for the higher concentrations?

---Do any of the areas with elevated fluoride have higher concentrations due to any additives in the water?

---Are the water sources for these areas ground or surface water?

---Is there something in particular that makes the area to the south of Hartlepool have a very high average concentration of fluoride (1.0-1.5mg/l)?

Your leaflet: Fluoridation of drinking water, states that "If the standard of 1.5mg/l is breached then the Drinking Water Inspectorate has the power to take enforcement action to require the water company to rectify the breach."

---Please detail each instance you have recorded where this standard has been breached. Please also detail location, water company, date, concentration of fluoride and whether this supply was fluoridated or not.

---What enforcement action was taken in each instance?

---What enforcement action is able to be taken for breaches that are of non-fluoridated areas?

---What enforcement action is able to be taken for breaches that are of fluoridated areas?

---According to your leaflet, 5 companies are currently required by a local health authority to fluoridate some or all of their water supplies. Does the DWI hold data on what type of fluoride (i.e. hexafluorosilicic acid, sodium fluoride, sodium hexafluorosilicate) and the source of the fluoride which is in use by any of the water companies? If so, please detail.

Yours faithfully,

Charlie Faulknor

DWI Enquiries (DWI), Drinking Water Inspectorate

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Dear DWI Enquiries (DWI),

You have not responded within the statutory timeframe - correspondance for this enquiry is now overdue. Would you kindly provide a response else I will have to ask for an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Charlie Faulknor

Dear Drinking Water Inspectorate,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Drinking Water Inspectorate's handling of my FOI request 'Fluoride levels in the UK'.

By law you should have responded promptly by the 10th of December 2012. I have not received any correspondence.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fl...

Yours faithfully,

Charlie Faulknor

DWI Enquiries (DWI), Drinking Water Inspectorate

Dear Mr Faulknor

Thank you for your request for an internal review, which was received on 14th December. It has been passed to the Internal review team, and you should receive a response within 20 working days by 16th January 2013.

Yours sincerely

Judith Bibaud

Mrs Judith Bibaud
Information Scientist
Drinking Water Inspectorate
Tel: 0300 068 6406
(Part time working: Monday - Thursday)

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DWI Enquiries (DWI), Drinking Water Inspectorate

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Dear Mr Faulknor

Please see the attached reply to your enquiry.

<<Reply to Mr Faulknor.pdf>>

Regards

Judith Bibaud

Mrs Judith Bibaud
Information Scientist
Drinking Water Inspectorate
Area 4A Ergon House
Horseferry Road

London SW1P 2AL
Tel: 0300 068 6406 or 020 7238 5243
(Part time working: Monday - Thursday)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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Taylor, Marie (LCS-KIM), Drinking Water Inspectorate

Dear Mr Faulknor,

Thank you for your email below, requesting an internal review of your original request on Fluoride levels in the UK, which was received in the Department on 12 November.

Your case will now be reviewed by the Public Requests for Information - Advice Service Team, under the Freedom of Information Act. We will aim to respond to your appeal within 20 working days. If for any reason we are unable to meet this deadline, we will let you know the reason for this and keep you informed of when you may expect to receive a reply.

Thanks
Marie

Marie Taylor
Deputy Data Protection Officer and FOI/EIR Casework Officer
Defra
Knowledge Transparency and Resilience
Transparency: Public Requests for Information – Advice Service (PRIAS)
Area 1B, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AL

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Taylor, Marie (LCS-KIM), Drinking Water Inspectorate

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Dear Mr Faulknor,

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review.

Thanks
Marie

Marie Taylor
Deputy Data Protection Officer and FOI/EIR Casework Officer
Defra
Knowledge Transparency and Resilience
Transparency: Public Requests for Information – Advice Service (PRIAS)
Area 1B, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AL

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