Margaret van Zyl is still waiting for her money.

The Mosgiel pensioner turned up at the Dunedin City Council’s infrastructure and networks committee meeting yesterday to voice her displeasure during the public forum.

She was upset by the council’s continuing practice of adding fluoride to drinking water, in line with Ministry of Health guidelines.

And she was also upset at the council’s decision to switch the source of Mosgiel’s water from an untreated bore to the city’s fluoridated supply in December, following public health advice.

But, most of all, she was miffed by the council’s refusal to pay for the $240 water filter she bought and had installed after Mosgiel’s water supply changed.

Mrs van Zyl told yesterday’s meeting she had sent the bill the council, but received a response from council chief executive Sue Bidrose declining to cover the cost.

Not good enough, Mrs van Zyl told councillors.

“I expect to be paid. Your cheque, I hope, will be in the post.”

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