On November 5th, 2002, 11 cities voted on the question of fluoridating their community water supply. Overall, 82% (9 cities) REJECTED fluoridation while 22% (2 cities) APPROVED fluoridation.

For a list of 136 cities rejecting fluoridation since 1990, click here.

REJECTING Fluoridation

Arkansas
Ashdown - 52.3% opposing
Texarkana - 63% opposing (2nd defeat
in 16 years)

California
Redding - 56.3% passed Safe Water Ordinance (see below)
Watsonville - 50.3% passed Safe Water Ordinance (see below)

Maine
Boothbay -

Massachusetts
Methuen - rejected for third time in 21 years (1981, 1997, 2002)

Montana
Billings - 52% opposing, rejected for third time in 35 years (1967, 1982, 2002)
Kalispell
- 62% opposing

Nevada
Washoe County (Reno, Lake Tahoe)

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APPROVING Fluoridation

Maine
York County - 22 votes yes, 10 votes no

Oregon
Beverton - 53% for


The following is the text of Redding's "Safe Water Ordinance"

Measure A, enacted by the voters of the City of Redding:

In order to ensure that the public water of Redding is safe to drink, it shall be unlawful and a public nuisance for any person, agent, or any public or private water system, to add any product, substance, or chemical to the public water supply for the purpose of treating or affecting the physical or mental functions of the body of any person, rather than to make water safe or potable, unless the substance meets the following criteria:

1) The substance must have been specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness with a margin of safety that is protective for all adverse health and cosmetic effects at all ranges of unrestricted consumption.

2) The substance, at Maximum Use Levels, must contain no contaminants at concentrations that exceed U.S. Maximum Contaminant Level Goals or California Public Health Goals, whichever is more protective.

If any provision of this act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity may not affect other provisions or applications of this act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are severable.


The following is the text of Watsonville's "Safe Water Ordinance" Measure S

Enacted by the voters of Watsonville:

In order to ensure that the public water of Watsonville is safe to drink, it shall be unlawful and a public nuisance for any person, agent, or any public or private water system, to add any product, substance, or chemical to the public water supply for the purpose of treating or affecting the physical or mental functions of the body of any person, rather than to make water safe or potable, unless the substance meets the following criteria:

1) The substance must have been specifically approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness with a margin of safety that is protective for all adverse health and cosmetic effects at all ranges of unrestricted consumption.

2) The substance, at Maximum Use Levels, must contain no contaminants at concentrations that exceed U.S. Maximum Contaminant Level Goals or California Public Health Goals, whichever is more protective.

If any provision of this act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity may not affect other provisions or applications of this act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are severable.