At under $5 per month per hookup, the Water Advisory Committee didn’t think it would be a financial burden on Davis taxpayers to fluoridate our water. What the WAC didn’t consider was the added cost to residents who do not want to drink the adulterated water.
Consider a family of five that currently drinks tap water, agrees with topical treatment of fluoride but will not drink the fluoridated water because of the adverse effects of ingesting it. Their options have diminished to bottled water. Reverse osmosis water from local dispensers does not remove fluoride. The water cost, assuming a minimum consumption of 2 quarts a day per person, comes out to 300 quarts per month and more than $200 for that family.
That’s the minimum. The cost could be well over $300 per month for the family during hot weather and if engaging in any physical activity. That’s not even counting the added costs of trips to the store to get the water (plus the environmental impacts of the whole bottle water industry). That $5 extra on the water bill has an added unfair “tax” to those opposed to drinking the fluoride of possibly $300 a month for a family of five. This is not insignificant!
Additionally, the family represented above does not have any other alternative but to buy water if they no longer feel safe drinking the tap water. There are, however, other avenues than fluoridated water to get fluoride treatment.
People who think it is justified to globally treat our water need to get creative from a public health standpoint. For a lot less money than it would take to install the treatment facility, we can get fluoride supplements to those without access to dental care and work out a way to ensure that they take them.
Please vote no to fluoridating our water. Keep it as pure as possible. Support other ways to get fluoride to those in need.