Hernando commission rejects water supply fluoridation

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 8:53 AM EST

The Hernando County Commission has rejected adding fluoride to the water supply.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the commission listened to nearly an hour of anti-fluoride arguments by residents Tuesday.

Commissioner Diane Rowden made a motion to fluoridate the water supply, a project that could cost $800,000 to initiate. But none of her colleagues would second the motion, so it died.

According to the Times, residents described health risks they believed to be associated with fluoride, including renal failure and bone problems. One person spoke of how Adolf Hitler used fluoride to poison Jews in concentration camps.

Pediatric dentist Johnny Johnson of Palm Harbor gave a presentation on the merits of fluoridation. He spoke about how serious tooth decay can be.