The Town of Neepawa is examining whether it should continue to add fluoride to its water. A presentation was made to council on Tuesday, Jan. 19 by wastewater supervisor Howard Buffi, outlining the impact the fluoridation program has had on the system.
The addition of fluoride to tap water has been common in communities across North America for many years as a means to help prevent dental issues such as tooth decay. Recently however, many municipalities have started reexamining use of the compound in their water supply, as some new research has suggested the practice may not be as beneficial as first thought.
During his presentation, Buffi outlined a number of issues with the fluoridation program such as cost increases and the undiluted chemical compound actually being damaging to the lines. Councilor Bill Stilwell suggested further information was needed, specifically from a doctor, who may be able to discuss the medical benefits. Mayor Adrian de Groot agreed that both sides of the issue need to be brought forward before an informed decision could be made. The desire of council is that a recommendation on the use of fluoride in the water will be presented before they present the 2016 town budget.
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