Fluoride Begins Flowing in Salt Lake's Water This Week

Fluoride Begins Flowing in Salt Lake's Water This Week

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The fluoride's flowing in Salt Lake Valley, starting Wednesday.

County officials and the health department set a Wednesday deadline for water companies to add fluoride to Salt Lake County's water supply.

Three small water companies won't meet it.

Riverton is asking the health board for a 90-day extension.

A Holladay water company says their customers don't want fluoride and a Sandy water company says the cost of the equipment is just too much.

They face fines or even criminal action for not complying.

Proponents say the fluoride is an efficient way to prevent dental decay, but opponents say it should be a matter of personal choice.

Others worry the fluoride being dumped into the soil will ruin the environment.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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