A letter from Auburndale Florida opposing water fluoridation

City of Auburndale

Office of the Director of Public Utilities

 Box 186
1300 Recker Hwy
PHONE (813) 967-3325

April 12, 1991  editor's note: Hydrofluosilicic Acid is the chemical used for water fluoridation

TO: Robert R. Green
City Manager

RE: Hazards and City liability resulting from Hydrofluosilicic Acid in the City of Auburndale's potable water system

Mr. Green:

I am letting you know how the employees in Public Utilities feel about having to work in hazardous conditions.

Their first concern involves working with and around Hydrofluosilicic Acid. They have to suit up in rubber aprons and face shield to change out drums of Hydrofluosilicic Acid and they have strong concerns about the fumes they breaths while in the area of Hydrofluosilicic Acid.

The employees see the corrosive condition of the pumps and electrical systems and they do wonder how Hydrofluosilicic Acid is affecting their lungs.

There is a now H.R.S. mandate out requiring a shield to be built around the Hydrofluosilicic Acid to protect the employess from exploding lines so there is a danger of explosion when using or storing this Product.

The employees not only see the outside corrosion but they also see the damage to the tanks and piping in the water system itself, Hydrofluosilicic Acid does eat the concrete floors and the floor drains.

When Hydrofluosilicic Acid comes in contact with the employees uniforms or their shoes, it acts just like battery acid.

Our employees do want to know that in the event of accidental contact or breathing of the fumes, who in liable for the condition it might leave them in.

At this time, with the now H.R.S. mandate and the amount of update we are receiving, that it is not feasible for the City of Auburndale to continue in injecting this Hydrofluosiliicic Acid into our water system.

The hazards to our personnel far outweigh any potential benefits of improved dental health.

We further feel that between dental care and items such as chewing gum and toothpaste with fluoride, the Hydrofluosilicic Acid is neither necessary nor a real aid to the dental health of Auburndale citizens.

We question further if there is a potential for Hydrofluosilicic Acid to perhaps be detrimental to a person who might be elderly, toothless and frail enough that additives such as this are not only not needed, but unwise.

We raise these questions out of concern for the well being of both the employees who must work around Hydrofluosilicic Acid and the customers of the Auburndale Utilities, Water Department who must consume the product we dispense to them.

Additionally, we do have a concern for the future liability of the City of Auburndale.

Raymond Allred, Utilities Director





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