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Fluoride debate in Iowa City


IOWA CITY (KWWL)--More than 50 years ago, fluoride was added to Iowa City's water supply in an effort to prevent tooth decay. But a group of people are against it, citing health and cost concerns.

Iowa City Water Superintendent Ed Morena and public health officials say there have been no known illnesses from Iowa's water supply. The water is treated in line with Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Public Health standards for fluoride.

Morena says the average cost to add fluoride to the drinking water is about 29 cents per person. It's costing the city about $20,000 a year.

The council will take up the issue at its 6:30 work session Monday night at City Hall

Online Producer: Michelle Caldwell

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