Fluoride Came at a Cost in Davis County

Fluoride Came at a Cost in Davis County

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(Layton-AP) -- Fluoridated water is costing some Davis County households another $2.30 a month on their water bills. Others are paying just a dollar more.

Overall, adding cavity-fighting fluoride to tap water is costing twice as much as Davis County voters were told more than two years ago. That's when most of Davis County voted for the switch.

Layton says it faces a nearly one (M)million dollar bill for system changes. That's about 15 times what the county health department estimated Layton would spend.

Layton Mayor Jerry Stevenson says he's mad. He accused former county health department of low-balling when voters approved fluoridation.

The Layton mayor predicts his water bills will jump by $1.75 a month.

Fluoridated water has been flowing from Centerville south since May and will be in northern Davis County's water supply by next month. An exception is Woods Cross, where voters opted out.

Salt Lake County also voted for fluoride and health officials are pushing water systems in that county to make the switch by October first.

Last summer, Centerville households began paying another $2.30 a month for fluoridation.

In Bountiful, water bills went up $1 a month.

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

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