Council wants more information about fluoride in town drinking water.
At the all-candidates meeting in September, a question was posed about the necessity and the potential health risks associated with having fluoride in the town’s water. The town currently puts fluoride in its drinking water.
Coun. Bonnie Keith requested the matter be brought to a council meeting early last month.
“I think we’re really proud of the water system we have here, but I also think it’s really important to know the chemicals that are being put in and everybody is feeling really comfortable and safe,” said Keith. “I think it’s really important that we get this information and decide whether it’s really necessary. If we have a choice regarding fluoride, let’s get some more information and be educated and see whether or not it’s really necessary. I know that we’re concerned about the safety and health of all of our citizens.”
Coun. Paul Borneman said staff will have a tough time coming up with a brief synopsis on the issue, as there are studies both for and against the use of fluoride in drinking water.
“There are about 500 studies on either side of this. Google them and read them, pick the one you like the best, because Mr. (Peter) Brown (town director of public works) is going to have a hard time editing and providing us with a synopsis…I think this is a matter of political will from within the community as to what we do here. The science is all over the place,” Borneman said.
Staff will conduct their research and return to council with a report and recommendation at a future meeting.