SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The largest water district in Silicon Valley is set to vote Tuesday on whether to support fluoridation of its drinking water.

In San Jose, dental health among children is far below that of other regions. According to the Santa Clara Valley Health Department, 48 percent of children between the ages of two and four have had cavities, while that number is only 18 percent for kids of the same ages in the U.S.

Part of the solution, according to health officials is to start a putting fluoride in the drinking water.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

”I don’t have any problem fluoridating the water,” said Don Gage, Chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

However, he adds that they will have to rely on the Santa Clara Valley Health Trust, which has been lobbying for fluoridation, in order to pay the up front equipment costs, which run somewhere between $5 million and $10 million.

”The Health Trust, could probably, through its public private partnership, come up with the installation of $10 million, but at issue would be the ongoing costs,” said Gage.

Gage said that would likely add up to a dollar per family, per year. The water district plans to vote Tuesday on whether to use fluoridation, even though they haven’t yet figured out how to pay for it.

Related Links:
California Dept. of Public Health – Fluoridation by Public Water Systems – Citizens For Safe Drinking Water

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Comments (4)
  1. bighorse says:

    Don’t bother. Nobody drinks tap water in San Jose. It’s cloudy!

  2. nyscof says:

    Organized dentistry manipulated California state legislators to mandate fluoridation at the state level purposely blind-siding those opposed to fluoridation so they can ram the legislation through without the legislators hearing the truth from their constituents that modern science shows ingesting fluoride does not reduce tooth decay and is harmful to health. See:

  3. jwillie6 says:

    Fluoridation is a Waste of Tax Money

    Many large studies show fluoridation is totally ineffective in improving tooth decay and is dangerous to health (See THe World Health Organization studied 16 countries and showed fluoride is of no value for teeth. Europe has rejected it and is 98% fluoride free.
    Even if fluoride was helpful to teeth, distributing any drug in drinking water is the most expensive and wasteful method.

    As a Civil Engineer, I know that people drink only 1/2% (one-half percent) of the water they use. The remaining 99 ½ % of the water with toxic fluoride chemical is dumped directly into the environment through the sewer system.

    For example, for every $1000 of fluoride chemical added to water, $995 would be directly wasted down the drain in toilets, showers, dishwashers, etc., $5 would be consumed in water by the people, and less than $0.50 (fifty cents) would be consumed by children, the target group for this outdated practice.

    That would be comparable to buying one gallon of milk, using six-and-one-half drops of it, and pouring the rest of the gallon in the sink.

    Fluoridation surely is in contention as the most wasteful government program. Giving away fluoride tablets free to anyone who wants them would be far cheaper and certainly more ethical, because then we would have the freedom to choose.

  4. Tim says:

    The board voted “yes” even after they, and their staff, were given 20 copies of a 75-minute cd of doctors explaining the history, origin, and health hazards of this toxic waste (even Matt Bigler was given one!) The best information on the subject you will ever hear. Doctors included John Lee, John Yiamouyannis, and Phyllis Mullenix. The audio is posted at the website Just go to the bottom of the homepage.

    If people were to burn a cd of that audio and spread it around (especially to churches, schools, health food stores and health clubs) you might find it very effective in waking up the public in your area. Good luck.

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