“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.