The City of Aberdeen has addressed a news release by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Environmental Protection Agency fluoride in drinking water. The release recommends a single standard of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride to replace the former range of optimal levels of 0.7-1.2 parts per million. Public Works Director Larry Bledsoe told the City Council that the Washington State Department of Health says fluoride is a safe and effective tool to protect dental health and the city has been set at 1.0 part per million. Bledosoe says that the release only listed a recommended level, and at this time is not required by the state. Bledsoe said that the city will be adjusting its levels to .08 parts per million within the next week.