Prince George is planning a referendum on tap water fluoridation during the upcoming fall municipal elections. (CBC)
The city of Prince George is facing a class action lawsuit arguing the city's flouridated water can cause a degenerative dental disease known as dental fluorosis.
Prince George is one of only a handful of cities in the province that still adds fluoride to its drinking water in an effort to prevent tooth decay.
Kevin Millership, who is not a lawyer or a resident of Prince George, brought forward the lawsuit and is representing two people who claim they suffer from the disorder.
"Every day that Prince George is fluoridated, they're causing harm," he said.
"You basically look like you've been chewing on rocks and tar."
In 2003, Kevin Millership unsuccessfully tried to sue the city of Kamloops, B.C. for putting fluoride in the water in an attempt to get compensation for himself.
Listen to Kevin Millership explain his lawsuit on CBC's Daybreak North
The Centre of Disease Control, Health Canada, and Northern Health Authority have all endorsed adding fluoride to tap water, despite the fact that many municipalities have eliminated the chemical from its water supplies.
When asked about these endorsements, Millership told CBC's Daybreak North "That's what the bureaucrats say," and argued other studies show fluoridation causes harm. "They know it, they're trying to sweep it under the rug."
The City of Prince George said it would not comment on the lawsuit while it is before the courts.
A referendum on the issue will be held during the municipal election this fall.