Pinellas to eliminate fluoride in drinking water | News
Tarpon Springs, Florida- Seven years after Pinellas County started dripping small amounts of fluoride into area drinking water, county commissioners voted Tuesday to end the practice.
Local governments across the U.S. provide fluorinated water that is believed to prevent tooth decay, especially among children who receive little dental care.
County Commissioner Norm Roche says he was among the commissioners to vote against the fluoride because it was never asked for by the public. Eliminating the program will save tax payers an estimated $270,000 per year.
The city of St. Petersburg and Hillsborough County will continue providing fluoride in their drinking water.