Teeth Are Not as Clean as They Should be in Watsonville

The city of Watsonville has been cited by state health officials for failing to fluoridate its water supply.
The state Department of Public Health issued the citation Thursday, seven months after the Watsonville City Council put off signing a contract for a $2 million grant to pay for a fluoridation system.
The city must provide written assurance by Aug. 29 that it plans to comply with a 2003 state order to fluoridate. And it must submit a schedule for implementation by Sept. 19.
The citation says failure to comply could result in fines of $200 to $1,000.
City Attorney Al Smith says he will discuss the citation with city council members Tuesday
Health advocates have been pushing fluoridation as a way to reduce tooth decay among Watsonville's low-income population.

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