Santa Clara Water District Supports Fluoride in Water
On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District board voted 7-0 in support of adding fluoride to most of the county's drinking water. Public health officials, dentists and other advocates say the additive helps reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay, but opponents argue that it is costly, offers no health benefits and has been linked to fluorosis, a pitting of teeth. The board also voted to partner with community groups to find and approve the funding required for fluoridating the water, which could take up to one year. Adding fluoride to the county's drinking water is estimated to costÂ between $4.4 million to $9.5 million, with annual operating costs at $836,000.
- "Santa Clara Valley Water District OKs Adding Fluoride to Its Drinking Water" (Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, 11/15).