Voters in the small city of Philomath in Oregon’s Benton County will decide next month whether to restore fluoride to the city’s municipal water supply.
Philomath’s water had been fluoridated since the early 1980s, but the City Council decided last May to stop adding fluoride to the municipal water supply.
Measure 02-76 on the March 13 special election ballot would reverse the council’s decision, if approved.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that only 39 public water systems in the state deliver fluoridated water, including Tualatin Valley Water District, Salem and Beaverton.
Portland is one of the largest cities in the U.S. that does not add fluoride to its municipal water supply. Others that don’t include Eugene, Medford, Grants Pass, Ashland, Pendleton, Klamath Falls, Newport and Lincoln City.
Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com