At last word, the City Council is still considering fluoridating the water supply, despite the recommendation of its own staff to postpone that decision. The one-time cost reported in The Enterprise is estimated to be up to $2.4 million, and there are operating costs, currently estimated at almost $250,000 per year, forever.
The fluoridation would be done by injecting industrial-grade fertilizer waste products containing arsenic and lead into our water supply. Storing and handling the basic chemicals are dangerous activities.
Most of the fluoridated water, of course, would go into our lawns, gardens, toilet bowls, showers and swimming pools.
Meanwhile, the rest of the developed world is moving away from fluoridated water. Experts say that fluoridating drinking water is ineffective in the groups of interest, that most dentists don’t understand that other techniques work better, and there are proven harmful side effects.
Obviously, fluoridating the water supply is not absolutely necessary, and there are noncontroversial alternatives. Drinking fluoridated water isn’t the only way to prevent cavities.
All of this despite reports that Davis and Woodland already have lower rates of cavities than major cities that do fluoridate their water.
Please, City Council: Give up this idea of fluoridating our water supply!