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Some want Dubuque to stop adding fluoride

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Fluoride in drinking water: For decades many cities have added it into the water supply, but some people in Dubuque want it out.

At Monday's city council meeting, two people are on the agenda to speak against fluoride in water. Sandy Amberg will present a petition she says has over 150 signatures.

For some, the concern is cost to the city. Last year, the city treated 2.8 billion gallons of water at a cost of $6.5 million. Adding the fluoride was more than $22,000. The city also spends money on equipment upkeep.

Opponents say most city water is used for things other than drinking, so it's not worth the price. The city says, it's worth it.

Dubuque Water Department Manager Bob Green takes great pride in the city water and its quality.

"Several years ago, we entered an international competition, and we received first place in that contest."

Right now, he's defending the addition of fluoride to city water.

"The city made the decision to put fluoride into the water system itself over 50 years ago, and there was quite a bit of research at that time by experts and health departments," Green said.

Now, Green points to the extensive list of expert supporters -- from the American Medical Association to the Centers for Disease Control and American Dental Association.

Some people worry the added fluoride poses a health risk, perhaps even causing cancer. The city acknowledges fluoride is an acid, but says the small amount added to the water isn't harmful.

"We believe fluoride treatment or fluoride added to the water does provide a better health product and a better quality of life for people as a whole," Green said.

Amberg says she intends to present a list of experts who oppose adding fluoride to water supplies and outline some of that research.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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