If you’re wondering whether fluoride in your drinking water is safe, the answer you get will depend on who you ask.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize fluoridation of water as a cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay, but a group of Anchorage residents believes it’s unsafe and leads to serious health problems.
Dustin Darden, the co-sponsor of a petition to get the fluoride issue on the April ballot, says he regularly drives 20 minutes south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway to collect gallons of water from a pipe that runs out of the side of the mountain.
“Oh it’s the best water in the world,” said Darden after taking a sip, adding that he’s sure there’s no fluoride in it.
He says he would like to have similar peace of mind when it comes to the water running out of his own tap at home, and that’s why he’s collecting signatures. The group, Clean Water Team Anchorage
, is circulating a photo from Anchorage Water and Waste Utility (AWWU), showing the bags of fluoride that go into the water.