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Water fluoridation back on council table after 10 years

The city will debate water fluoridation for the first time in over 10 years next month.

The city will debate water fluoridation for the first time in over 10 years next month.

Five aldermen are bringing forth a notice of motion April 6 that asks city council to remove fluoride from Calgary’s drinking water.

Ald. Druh Farrell says scrapping fluoride would improve health and save the city $600,000 a year, plus up to $5 million in mandatory upgrades to the fluoride systems at water treatment plants.

In 1998, 55 per cent of Calgary voters chose to keep fluoride in water.

If the decision is reached to remove fluoride, the city will need permission from Alberta Environment to change the water purification license.