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Fluoride opponents target Healdsburg water

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 moves ahead on alternate water supply

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 use of reclaimed water delayed

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 expected to declare drought emergency

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.

Reservoir levels growing, but drought measures remain

Despite the weekend’s storm, officials say drought measures, including mandatory cuts for water users in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Willits, are still on.

Petaluma considers limits for outside water users

About 50,000 gallons of Petaluma drinking water are being trucked out of town each day for some other purpose — agriculture, construction, filling swimming pools. And with the drought quickly becoming a top priority, city officials are looking into that long-standing practice.

Annexation to Santa Rosa would relieve arsenic concerns

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.

Sebastopol newsletter urges opposition to county fluoride plan

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.

Cloverdale council OKs slightly smaller spike in water rates

A crowd of more than 100 filled the Cloverdale City Council chamber Wednesday night, mostly to register objections to hefty water and sewer rate increases. The City Council was able to lessen the sting by approving new rates that are a little less than what originally was proposed for the first year, but utility bills still will spike.

Public meeting scheduled Friday on Sonoma County dental health initiatives, fluoride

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday could take the next step in a long-proposed plan to add fluoride to most of the county’s drinking water.

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