Not content to let the sleeping fluoridation bear lie, new
city councillors Mike Lord and David Benson-Pope may poked it
firmly in the stomach yesterday.
They suggested not only reinstating the city's previous
fluoridation levels, but expanding the supply of fluoridated
water to all of the city's reticulated areas.
The previous Dunedin City Council voted to drop the level of
fluoride in the central city water supply, which serves 85%
of the city's population, from 0.85mg per litre to 0.75mg per
litre, following intense debate and lobbying on the issue.
Outlying areas of the city, including Mosgiel, have not to
date had fluoride in their water supply.
Yesterday, Cr Lord said he had been so impressed by a recent
presentation to councillors from Public Health South on the
topic, he thought it would be a good idea to add fluoride, at
the recommended Ministry of Health levels, to each
reticulated Dunedin system not fluoridated at present.
''It's something we should do if we can.''
He was not saying that would happen, just asking for a report
from council staff, before the 2015-16 long-term planning
exercise, on whether that was possible and, if so, what it
Cr Benson-Pope said he had been going to seek support anyway
for a report on reinstating the city's fluoridation to its
Cr Lee Vandervis said the council would be obliged in any
consultation with those communities to not only put forward
Public Health South's view on the topic, but all the other
studies with a different view.
Cr Richard Thomson responded that he did not think there was
any worry about getting both sides of the story.
''It'll come in bucket-loads.''
Mayor Dave Cull said he supported Cr Lord's recommendation
only as the start of an information process from which
councillors could make a call on whether they wanted to
The resolution was passed 9 to 3, with Cr Jinty MacTavish
abstaining because she believed the request should have come
from the community boards of the area, rather than appear to
be ''imposed from above''.