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Water fluoridation to begin in San Diego on December 22, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 6, 2010

[December 21 update: Fluoridation delayed in San Diego]

(from the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department press release dated Dec. 6, 2010)

The City of San Diego is scheduled to begin fluoridating drinking water beginning Dec. 22, 2010. All residents in the City of San Diego, as well as residents of the cities of Coronado, Del Mar and Imperial Beach will receive fluoridated water.

San Diego will supplement naturally‐occurring fluoride and imported fluoridated water in our drinking water to meet the standards established by the California Department of Public Health.

California state law requires water agencies with more than 10,000 water service connections (which includes the City of San Diego) fluoridate their drinking water supplies. However, a public water system is exempt from fluoridating until sufficient outside funding is available. Both the California Attorney General and the San Diego City Attorney’s Office opined that when sufficient funding became available, San Diego Municipal Code Section 67.0101, which prohibits the City from fluoridation, would be preempted by state law.

In June 2008, the City Council accepted an offer of funding from the First 5 Commission of San Diego County for the purpose of fluoridating the City’s public water supply. The Commission’s offer of up to $3,927,016 is for full funding of the capital costs and up to two years of operating and maintenance expenses necessary to implement fluoridation at each of the City’s three water treatment plants.

For more information, visit the City of San Diego’s web page on “Water Fluoridation” at or call the City’s Public Utilities Department at 619‐515‐3500. Customers who have health questions should consult with their medical or dental practitioner.


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