WAC and fluoridation of water

By From page A12 | April 26, 2013

The Water Advisory Committee cannot be serious about fluoridation of the Davis water.

This is a city in which the residents buy water for drinking. Some even buy water for cooking. Certainly the lawns and gardens do not need fluoridated water; neither do the dishwashers, clothes washers, showers and baths, automobiles, windows, sidewalks, etc.

So why is WAC proposing to spend the many thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to add fluoride to the Davis water? This will be another absolutely wasteful use of taxpayers’ and renters’ money, after already soaking the same for water assessments and usage.

There is another real issue — there are areas of Yolo County where the water already contains an acceptable level of fluoride. Individuals from those areas could very likely be working in Davis or attending a school in Davis and, if drinking the water would be exposed to overdosing of fluoride. In children, this over dosing is fluorosis, the side effect of too much fluoride evidenced in teeth. If water is fluoridated and people are drinking the water, fluoridated toothpaste is not needed.

WAC should be working on a logical understandable rate system for city water — one that takes into account, not just the delivery pipe size, but the size of the dwelling and the area on which the water will be used. One size pipe does not fit all. And then charge by the actual usage, not some convoluted formula based on a past usage period. There are water meters in place that measure the water used. PG&E reads the electric and gas meters and charges for use from last reading date to current day of reading. Where is common sense?

Vernette Marsh

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