The issue of water fluoridation has bubbled up in Des Moines.
A period of public comment runs through Saturday for customers of Des Moines Water Works. CEO Bill Stowe says sentiment is running 3-1 against adding fluoride to water used by more than 500,000 people in the Des Moines area.
Dentists and some health experts say fluoridation dramatically reduces tooth decay. Opponents say fluoridation has harmful consequences and also amounts to forced medication of people. Des Moines has been adding fluoride since 1959.
The issue has been raised elsewhere in Iowa. In April the Hampton City Council decided to continue adding fluoride to city water. The mayor had raised objections to fluoridation, saying that adding such medicine infringed on the rights of residents.