A letter from Santa Clara California opposing water fluoridation


Jennifer Sparacino
City Manager

 City Hall
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, Cal 95050
(408) 984-3101
fax (408) 241-6771

April 17, 1998

Jeff Green, Director
Citizens for Safe Drinking Water
3243 Madrid St.
San Diego, CA 92110

Dear Mr. Green:

This letter is in response to your letter of March 15, 1998, in which you expressed concern about the fluoridation of drinking water. The City's Director of Water & Sewer Utilities has provided the following information.

The City has already taken a position regarding fluoridation of the City's drinking water supplies. On April 11, 1995, the City Council approved contacting our local legislators to express opposition to Assembly Bill 733 (Speier) which sought to mandate fluoridation of drinking water by all water systems in California with 10,000 or more service connections. The staff recommendation enumerated many reasons why it was inadvisable to fluoridate the City's water supply. Those reasons are still valid. Unfortunately, the bill passed and was signed by the governor. Passage of the bill was contingent on the state providing the money to fund this mandate, and thus far the state has not been able to find the necessary funding. The Department of Health Services the state agency responsible for implementing the law, established a statewide priority list of water systems based on the estimated capital cost of installing the equipment to provide fluoride treatment. Because the state will have a limited amount of money for this enterprise, it is the Director of Water & Sewer Utilities' belief that it is likely the state will initially fund fluoridation in those water systems with the lowest capital cost per service connection. As the City of Santa Clara uses multiple water sources, and the capital cost per service connection would be very high for our system, it is likely to be a long time before the state produces enough money to reach us on the priority list. Santa Clara is number 139 of 166 systems on the priority list. It is conceivable that they may never reach us.

At this time, the City Council's position in opposition to the fluoridation of water remains the City of Santa Clara policy. Should you have additional questions, you may contact the Director of Water & Sewer Utilities


City Manager

cc: Director of Water & Sewer Utilities
D. Kennedy, DDS, Past President, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Maureen Jones, Safe Water Coalition