Fluoride Helps, Officials Say, But Fears Persist

“We have our health nurse here who coordinates it,” Cedar Key School Principal Sue Ice said.

The program was put in place because Cedar Key is a community that does not fluoridate its water. The most common way of adding fluoride to water is with the gas hydrofluosilicic acid, which is kept in a tank and connected to the water system via a small PVC pipe.

But some, including those who maintain the water system in Cedar Key, question the methods and wisdom of fluorinating public drinking water.

“It’s a dangerous poison – it’s one of the hardest chemicals to work with in the industry,” said Jack Hotaling, the Cedar Key Water District general manager.

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