Herhold: Why San Jose’s water lacks fluoride

A few weeks ago, we got good news on water fluoridation from Mercury News writer Paul Rogers. After decades of delay and decay, some 230,000 people who are customers of the San Jose Water Co. in East San Jose and Almaden Valley started to receive fluoridated water in December. An additional 520,000 are due to get it by 2020 in the West Valley.


You can thank the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which is upgrading its drinking water plants, as well as the Health Trust, First 5 Santa Clara County, and the California Dental Association, which all donated money to the project. San Jose was the largest U.S. city not to have fluoride. (And sorry, I buy no conspiracy: Fluoride helps avert tooth decay.)

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