The Central Hawkes Bay District Council has decided to continue adding fluoride to Waipukurau’s drinking water despite wide-spread public disapproval.

The council proposed to stop fluoridation when the Waipukurau water treatment plant is replaced.

A local survey of around 700 people showed more than half wanted to stop fluoridation.

Mayor Trish Giddens says strong support of fluoridation was shown by the Ministry of Health, doctors and dentists who informed there are detrimental effects on people once fluoride in water is stopped.