With numerous sources of fluoride now available, members of some Tennessee communities have begun to question whether the continued addition of this chemical to sources of public drinking water is still necessary.
City aldermen in Spring Hill voted last week to discontinue the addition of fluoride to their city’s water. Spring Hill joins the cities of Waynesboro and Lewisburg as the third Tennessee city to make this decision.
Addition of fluoride to drinking water is not a process mandated by Tennessee state law, John Etheridge, general manager for the Paris Board of Public Utilities, explained. It is a decision made by each individual utility company.
Etheridge as well as Paris City Manager Carl Holder both said they had not been approached by anyone requesting that fluoride be removed from the drinking water in the city of Paris…