City Council members have agreed to continue adding fluoride to the water supply in Sweet Home, as the city has done for 50 years.
The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that the agreement came after a 90-minute public hearing Tuesday. Council members said it’s possible that residents will gather enough petitions to put the issue to a vote in some upcoming election.
The chemical hardens tooth enamel and prevents decay.
Defenders at the hearing said it’s important for public health, especially for children and particularly for low-income people who may not provide their children with fluoride treatment.
Opponents said a medicine shouldn’t be in the water supply, that fluoride is now widely available in other ways, and that the chemical is a poison that causes health issues.