Generations of Healdsburg residents have grown up with fluoride in their water.
But that could change, now that a group of activists has gathered sufficient signatures to put a measure on the ballot to try to get the city to stop fluoridating.
City officials confirmed that “Fluoride Free Healdsburg” gathered 867 signatures certified as valid by the county Registrar of Voters, well over the approximate 600 needed — 10 percent of registered voters — to place an initiative on the ballot.
The City Council on Monday is scheduled to consider the matter.
For more than 60 years, fluoride has been added to Healdsburg’s water to fight tooth decay. But that could end if opponents of fluoridated drinking water convince a majority of voters to stop the practice. Activists recently filed a notice of intent to begin circulating petitions to put the issue on the ballot.
Santa Rosa is accelerating efforts to find suitable locations for wells that could supply residents with drinking water in an emergency, a move that comes amid an ongoing contract dispute with its longtime consultant on the project.
Healdsburg’s offer to help grape growers and farmers weather the drought by offering them reclaimed water was welcomed by the agricultural community. But two weeks after the City Council took action in a special meeting to start making millions of gallons of highly treated wastewater available, the spigot remains turned off.
Sonoma County Supervisors are expected to declare a ‘drought emergency’ Tuesday, a move designed to make the county eligible for possible state and federal aid.
Despite the weekend’s storm, officials say drought measures, including mandatory cuts for water users in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Willits, are still on.
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For three years, ever since she learned her water was contaminated with arsenic, Arlene Clark has been buying bottled water by the case from the supermarket.
Some Sebastopol residents, including a former city councilman, are objecting to a city-sponsored newsletter that urged people to oppose Sonoma County’s consideration of a water fluoridation plan.