- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - Port Angeles officials have decided to stop putting fluoride in the municipal water supply for at least another year.

The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2aE4bfq ) the City Council voted Tuesday to end the practice until voters decide whether the city should continue fluoridation during an advisory election in November 2017. Mayor Patrick Downie says the city’s plan is meant as a compromise to the community, which has been divided over the practice.

Port Angeles has fluoridated its water supply to prevent dental disease for a decade.

Public Works Director Craig Fulton says fluoride was longer being added to the water as of Wednesday, but it’ll remain in the water for about five days. He also says some fluoride occurs naturally in the Elwha River, where the city draws its water.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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