City Council has plans to seek out more information about the use of fluoride in drinking water, though they intend for this round of questioning to be specifically related to the practices used in fluoride treatment in Grande Prairie. Council will be receiving information from a wide variety of different scientific sources. Mayor Bill Given says there are a couple of reason for having such a broad scope.
“The first is that council wants to ensure that we’re doing our due diligence and seeking a wide variety of input from a number of different authorities. The second part is that council is very clear that they wanted to hear opinion from recognized authorities that we would regularly check in with on any other health related matter.”
The city will is seeking input from Alberta Health Services, Health Canada, the Canadian Dental Association, Environment Canada, the University of Calgary, and the Dental Hygienists Association about their position and advice on the impact of Hydrofluorosilicic acid in water, as it is applied by Aquatera to the region’s drinking water.
While council has decided to proceed with their request for information, some Councillors are still divided as to whether removing fluoride from drinking water should be a municipal decision or a provincial one.
Any decision to become fluoride free would have to be made jointly by the city and county of Grande Prairie along with the town of Sexsmith as the water supply of all three communities is served by Aquatera.