In my opinion, there many reasons to oppose fluoridation of our water supply. First and foremost is the mandatory medication of the citizens of Davis. I would like to choose whether or not I take supplements. Secondly, in a city that values unadulterated food (organic, non-GMO, etc.), why put additives in the water and make it less pure? Thirdly is the cost.
Since fluoride is not added to the water to “treat” it, as chlorine is, but added to prevent a disease (tooth decay), and since fluoride is not an essential nutrient, it is defined as a medicine by the FDA. If you decide to support fluoridation of Davis’ water supply, I foresee a lawsuit against the city claiming that we are forced to either buy our own drinking water or be medicated by the tap water. This is a lawsuit that I would join in.
Wouldn’t it be cheaper for the city to offer free fluoride supplements to its residents than to offer free bottled water to those who don’t want fluoride in their drinking water (a possible outcome of a lawsuit)? And then there’s the expense of millions of dollars needed to set up the fluoridation process, the annual expense in tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars for the treatment, and the costs of fighting lawsuits. In a time of unmet budgetary needs, it just doesn’t make good economic sense.
I urge the Davis City Council to vote no on adulterating our water with fluoride.