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Fluoride Filtration

One the most bizarre suggestions to come out of the Thames Fluoridation hearings was that which emanated from Chair Strat Peters. in his inimitable way of avoiding giving offense to anyone. He suggested that Council should consider supplying filters to anyone who wanted them free of charge. Replacement of cartridges would also become a charge on Council.

The Mayor wisely gave this suggestion short shrift when it came through report during the last meeting, and Strat's impassioned appeal that the cost of the filters should be a 'District' charge was met with derision.

The final report to the Communtiy Board on the suggestion came from Water Services Manager - Bruce Hinson on 26 March. It outlined threee options -  Absorption ($300), Reverse Osmosis ($800) and Distillation ($300). He suggested caution with adopting any one of these - they all appear to have problems one way or another. He also warned about providing advice regarding their use. He did not raise the issue of legal liability - wisely!

All in all, it is unlikely to get to first base, but the Board could well (because of its very nature!) make some stupid recommendation to full Council along these lines that will almost surely be kicked to touch, though with due deference to the sensitivity of the situation as far as the Thames Board members are concerned. 

It is clear that the anti-fluoride lobby has by no means given up on their quest, and that they will attack again when Council deals with the on/off issue during the Annual Plan process. They will not give up easily, but I am sure that the pros will be well prepared this time. They had better be because there are certainly weak kneed waverers amongst the Councillor ranks. 


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