Windsor

Public wants to see fluoride back in water, health unit says

Nearly 64 per cent of residents surveyed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit supported adding fluoride to public drinking water.
A new report from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit suggests 64 per cent of residents support adding fluoride to drinking water. (Michael Conroy/The Associated Press)

Nearly 64 per cent of residents surveyed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit supported adding fluoride to public drinking water.

That conclusion is part of the 2016 Community Needs Assessment Report from the health unit, which takes a comprehensive look at how healthy the regional population is.

The City of Windsor voted to remove fluoride from its drinking water in 2013. Other municipalities in the region also do not add fluoride to their drinking water.   

"Despite 75 per cent of the population of Ontario having access to fluoridated drinking water, residents of [Windsor-Essex County] do not," the report states. "More education and awareness may be needed to inform residents about the benefits of fluoridation to oral health."

Though the health unit supports adding fluoride to the water, some do not. That includes a group of residents in Windsor who have a long-standing campaign to keep fluoride out of municipal tap water.

Fluoride Free Windsor was one of the loudest voices urging the city to remove fluoride in 2013.