Calif. city struggles to fund fluoridation project

Following a lengthy battle to keep fluoride out of its public water supply, city officials in Watsonville, CA, last year voted to accept a $1.6 million grant from the California Dental Association Foundation (CDAF) to design and build a fluoridation system and operate it for two years.

But the project may still get scrapped, according to a story in the San Jose Mercury News.

Bids for the project are ranging from $2.8 million to $3.5 million, and the city says that even with the CDAF grant, it doesn't have that kind of money for "unplanned projects."

The CDAF is now reviewing the bids, the story noted.

California law requires cities of 10,000 or more people to fluoridate if an outside entity provides the funding.

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