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Sweet Home Council Votes To Keep Fluoride In Water

City Council members have agreed to continue adding fluoride to the water supply in Sweet Home, as the city has done for 50 years.

Water faucet (file).

Water faucet (file).

Rebecca Roberts Galloway/OPB

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.

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