Fluoride Action Network

Sweetwater fluoridation raises concerns about safety

Source: The San Diego Union Tribune | November 8th, 2012 | By Katherine Poythress

CHULA VISTA — The Sweetwater Authority board of directors recently picked MWH America to design the agency’s first fluoridation systems, despite lingering concerns from board members worried about employees’ safety.

Director Terry Thomas asked that the board direct agency staff to call MWH America’s attention to some of the problems that the city of San Diego ran into last year when it began adding hydrofluorosilicic acid to its water supply.

… The decision was made then to fluoridate, because of a state law requiring water agencies to do so if provided with the funding. Children’s health organization First 5 San San Diego has offered to foot the bill for installing the fluoridation system at Sweetwater’s three treatment plants, effectively forcing the agency to comply with the mandatory fluoridation law.

The board of directors voted 4-3 at that meeting [Oct. 24] to put fluoride in the water supply for the agency’s 186,000 customers…

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