City stops fluoridating water; traces will linger in some areas

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Although Juneau authorities stopped putting fluoride into the city water system on Monday, the chemical will still be coming out of water taps for days or even months.

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It all depends on location, the city said in an explanation on its Web site.

Areas near downtown and closer to water sources, such as the Highlands, the Cope Park area and the Governor's Mansion, should be fluoride-free within days.

Residents served by the million-gallon reservoir at Lena Point, in locations such as Randall Road, Cohen Drive and some parts of the Mendenhall Valley, are unlikely to be completely fluoride-free for a few months.

The Juneau Assembly on Dec. 11 directed the city manager to cease water fluoridation as of Monday.

People with questions may call the CBJ Water Utility Division at 780-6888.

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