(Des Moines) The issue of water fluoridation has bubbled up in Des Moines.
The public comment period runs through Saturday for customers of Des Moines Water Works. CEO Bill Stow says sentiment is running 3-1 against adding fluoride to the water used by more than 500,000 people in the Des Moines area. Dentists and some health experts say fluoridation dramatically reduces tooth decay. Opponents say fluoridation has harmful consequences and also amounts to forced medication of people. Des Moines has been adding fluoride since 1959. The issue has been raised elsewhere in the state. In April the Hampton city council decided to continue adding fluoride to the city water. The Mayor had raised objections to fluoridation saying that adding such medicine infringed on the residents. So you have until Saturday to weigh in.
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