COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- A fourth Middle Tennessee city has decided to remove fluoride from the municipal water supply.
The Daily Herald reports the Columbia Power and Water System board voted Wednesday on the measure after months of consideration.
The proposal had sparked opposition from health officials and dentists who argued that adding fluoride to the water is an easy way to help prevent tooth decay.
The utility board was mulling the proposal for a couple of reasons, including that fluoride provides no water purification benefit, but it cost $40,000 annually to add it to the supply.
Columbia City Council member Mike Greene, who sits on the board, voted to discontinue fluoridation. He said he grew up drinking well water without fluoride, and he still has all his teeth.
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