Fluoride Action Network

Communities that Have Rejected Fluoridation Since 2010

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Compiled by the Fluoride Action Network
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  • Most developed nations, including the vast majority of western Europe, do not fluoridate their drinking water. Cities that do not fluoridate their water include: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Copenhagen, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Helsinki, London, Montreal, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna, and Zurich.

    Since health authorities in North America have refused to let go of the fluoridation paradigm, local communities are doing the work for them. Since 2010, over 70 communities have rejected the practice, including over 30 communities like Calgary, Alberta (pop. 1.3 million people) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (pop. 500,000) that have voted to end their longstanding fluoridation programs.

    As summarized by the New York Times:

    “For decades, the issue of fluoridated water remained on the fringes. . . . But as more places, like Fairbanks and parts of Canada, take up the issue in a more measured way, it is shifting away from conspiracy and toward the mainstream. The conclusion among these communities is that with fluoride now so widely available in toothpaste and mouthwash, there is less need to add it to water, which already has naturally occurring fluoride. Putting it in tap water, they say, is an imprecise way of distributing fluoride; how much fluoride a person gets depends on body weight and water consumed.”

    Community

    Population

    Date

    Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada 76,550 CBC News
    Hernando County Florida 173,422
    # on municipal water unknown
    February 26, 2014
    Wellington, Florida 58,679 January 28, 2014
    Wood Village, Oregon 4,000 January 20, 2014
    Amherst County, Virginia 33,000
    # on municipal water unknown
    January 2014
    Hoopa Valley (Humboldt County), California  2,633 November 21, 2013
    Byron Shire (NSW) Australia 29,000 November 20, 2013
    Cotati (Sonoma County), California 7,300 November 12, 2013
    Muskoka, Ontario, Canada 58,000 October 21, 2013
    Davis, California 66,000 October 1, 2013
    Columbia, Tennessee 27,000 September 25, 2013
    Woodland, Washington state 5,625 August 19, 2013
    Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia 23,000 August 13, 2013
    Parkland, Washington 35,800 June 2013
    Hamilton, New Zealand 145,600 June 5, 2013
    Portland, Oregon 900,000 May 21, 2013
    Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia 61,700 May 14, 2013
    Kenton, Tennessee 1,525 May 8, 2013
    Southwest Harbor, Maine 2,000 May 7, 2013
    Innisfail, Queensland, Australia 1,075 April 23, 2013
    Whitsunday Regional Council, Queensland, Australia 37,000 April 9, 2013
    Au Gres, Michigan 890 March 2013
    Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia 9,573 March 2013
    Tyrone, Pennsylvania 5,500 March 2013
    Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia 2,800 February 25, 2013
    Olivehurst, California 14,000 February 22, 2013
    Plumas Lake, California
    (affected by decision of the Olivehurt Public Utility)
    6,000 February 22, 2013
    Smithville, Missouri 8,500 February 22, 2013
    Fraser Coast, Queensland, Australia 102,000 February 21, 2013
    Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia (Fraser Coast)
    February 21, 2013
    Maryborough, Queensland, Australia (Fraser Coast)
    February 21, 2013
    Tiaro, Queensland, Australia (Fraser Coast)
    February 21, 2013
    Burdekin, Queensland, Australia 18,192
    (2006 estimate)
    February 12, 2013
    Ayr, Queensland, Australia (Burdekin area)
    9,000 February 12, 2013
    Home Hill, Queensland, Australia (Burdekin area)
    3,050 February 12, 2013
    Brandon, Queensland, Australia (Burdekin area)
    900 February 12, 2013
    Bundaberg region, Queensland, Australia 100,000 February 12, 2013
    Bargara, Queensland, Australia (Bundaberg region)
    7,000 February 12, 2013
    Childers, Queensland, Australia (Bundaberg region)
    1,700 February 12, 2013
    Gin Gin, Queensland, Australia (Bundaberg region)
    2,000 February 12, 2013
    St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 2,126 February 2013
    Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 1,000 February 4, 2013
    Cairns, Queensland, Australia 153,000 January 29, 2013
    Mossman, Queensland, Australia (Cairns area)
    1,740 January 29, 2013
    Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia (Cairns area)
    3,200 January 29, 2013
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada 279,000 January 28, 2013
    La Salle, Ontario, Canada (affected by Windsor vote) 29,000 January 28, 2013
    Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada (affected by Windsor vote) 24,000 January 28, 2013
    Doomadgee Aboriginal Council
    1,300 January 2013
    Biggenden, Queensland, Australia (North Burnett area) 690 January 2013
    Eidsvold, Queensland, Australia (North Burnett area) 630 January 2013
    Gayndah, Queensland, Australia (North Burnett area)
    1,800 January 2013
    Monto, Queensland, Australia (North Burnett area)
    1,300 January 2013
    Mount Perry, Queensland, Australia (North Burnett area)
    500 January 2013
    Mundubbera, Queensland, Australia (North Burnett area) 1,050 January 2013
    South Burnett, Queensland, Australia 28,191 January 2013
    Blackbutt, Queensland, Australia (South Burnett) 1,055 January 2013
    Nanango, Queensland, Australia (South Burnett) 3,083 January 2013
    Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia (South Burnett) 7,620 January 2013
    Wondai, Queensland, Australia (South Burnett) 1,402 January 2013
    Murgon, Queensland, Australia (South Burnett) 2,131 January 2013
    Pine Island, Florida 13,000 water customers December 11, 2012
    Atherton, Queensland, Australia (Tablelands Regional Council)
    7,300 December 2012
    Mareeba, Queensland, Australia (Tablelands Regional Council)
    10,200 December 2012
    Kuranda, Queensland, Australia (Tablelands Regional Council)
    3,000 December 2012
    Malanda, Queensland, Australia (Tablelands Regional Council) 2,100 December 2012
    Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada 8,133 December 2012
    Milton, Florida 7,000 November 2012
    Romulus, New York 400 November 2012
    Wichita, Kansas 385,000 November 6, 2012
    Harvard, Nebraska 1,000 November 6, 2012
    Crescent City, California 14,000 November 6, 2012
    Pulaski, New York 2,367 October, 2012
    Lake View, Iowa 1,300 October 19, 2012
    Cassadaga and Lily Dale, New York 900 October 17, 2012
    Waipukurau, New Zealand 4,000 September 28, 2012
    Orillia, Ontario, Canada 40,000 July 17, 2012
    Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia 1,217 August 9, 2012
    Rosetown, Saskatchewan 2,300 July 16, 2012
    Santa Fe, New Mexico 68,642 July 11, 2012
    Argos, Indiana 1,700 June 6, 2012
    Walkerton, Indiana 2,200 Spring 2012
    North Liberty, Indiana 2,000 Spring 2012
    Lakeville, Indiana 800 Spring 2012
    Bassett, Nebraska 600 May 15, 2011
    Palisades, Colorado 3,000 May 15, 2012
    Pevely, Missouri 6,000 May 1, 2012
    Okotoks, Alberta, Canada 25,000 April 23, 2012
    Curacao 140,000 April 22, 2012
    Albequerque, New Mexico 500,000 April 11, 2012
    West Manheim, Pennsylvania 8,000 April 8, 2012
    Bourbon, Indiana 2,000  March 20, 2012
    Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada 20,000 February 7, 2012
    Bolivar, Missouri 11,000 February 7, 2012
    Myerstown, Pennsylvania  3,500 January 13, 2012
    Hartland Township, Michigan  14,800 December 20, 2011
    Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada  140,000 December 19, 2011
    Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada  20,000 December 12, 2011
    Grantsburg, Wisconsin 1,300 December 12, 2011
    Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada 3,000 November 19, 2011
    Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 11,200 November 19, 2011
    Amesbury, Massachusetts 16,500 November 8, 2011
    Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada 33,000 October 31, 2011
    Lawrenceburg, Tennessee 11,000 October 18, 2011
    Churchill, Manitoba, Canada 1,000 October 18, 2011
    New Plymouth, New Zealand 50,000 October 13, 2011
    Palmer, Alaska 8,400 October 11, 2011
    Welsh, Louisiana 3,500 October 4, 2011
    Spencer, Indiana /BPP Water 10,500 September 30, 2011
    College Station, Texas 100,000 September 22, 2011
    Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada 7,000 September 12, 2011
    Hohenwald, Tennessee 4,000 September 6, 2011
    Pottstown, Pennsylvania 15,500 August 16, 2011
    Spring Hill, Tennessee 30,000 August 15, 2011
    Taber, Alberta, Canada 6,500 July 20, 2011
    Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada 5,000 July 4, 2011
    Taumarunui, New Zealand 5,000 June 30, 2011
    Fairbanks, Alaska 80,000 June 6, 2011
    Naples Village, New York 1,070 May 18, 2011
    Mount Clemens, Michigan 17,300 May 16, 2011
    Holmen, Wisconsin 6,200 April 27, 2011
    Lago Vista, Texas 6,500 April 21, 2011
    Mechanicsville, Iowa 1,200 April 17, 2011
    Marcellus, Michigan 1,100 March 17, 2011
    Independence, Virginia 1,000 February 16, 2011
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1,300,000 February 8, 2011
    Yellow Springs, Ohio 3,200 February 7, 2011
    Verchères, Québec, Canada 5,240 February 7, 2011
    Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 5,500 January 19, 2011
    (First announced Feb 4, 2010)
    Sparta, North Carolina 2,000 November 15, 2010
    Tellico, Tennessee 900 November 4, 2010
    Athabasca, Alberta, Canada 2,600 November 1, 2010
    Waterloo, St. Jacobs and Elmira, Ontario, Canada 103,000 October 25, 2010
    O’Fallon, Missouri 80,000 October 5, 2010
    Red Bay, Alabama 5,000 September 15, 2010
    Napa, California 78,000 August 17, 2010
    Sandpoint, Idaho 7,500 July 24, 2010
    Kaikohe, New Zealand 4,000 May 17, 2010
    Kaitaia, New Zealand 5,500 May 17, 2010
    Crete, Nebraska 7,000 May 11, 2010
    Dakota City, Nebraska 2,000 May 11, 2010
    Franklin County, Nebraska 3,500 May 11, 2010
    Norfolk, Nebraska 25,000 May 11, 2010
    Wahoo, Nebraska 4,500 May 11, 2010
    Gatineau, Québec, Canada 266,000 May 5, 2010

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