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Fluoride returns to city water supply
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The new control system at the Smithville Water Treatment Plant shows the status of the new fluoride feeder system before it went on line this week. The system is part of the recent renovation of the entire plant. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
The Smithville Water Treatment Plant began fluoridating the city's water supply again yesterday.The new liquid fluoride system was installed during the recent $2.5 million revamp of the water plant.The city water supply was last fluoridated more than three years ago when the old feeder system fell into disrepair.The fluoride system, although not required by any state or federal regulation, was installed after requests from the general public, including local physician Dr. Steven Cooper and dentist Dr. Mitchell Tatum, who brought their concerns before the board in April 2009.The aldermen voted to re-activate the fluoridation system at that 2009 meeting, but it was subsequently determined that rather than repairing the old system, the new feeder equipment should be installed as part of the rehabilitation of the treatment plant.