RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT
WHEREAS, all children deserve to grow up in healthy communities. That’s why community water fluoridation is so important.
WHEREAS, community water fluoridation is one of the greatest advances in our nation’s public health during the past century and is simply adjusting the natural level of fluoride in our drinking water to help prevent tooth decay.
WHEREAS, fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, even our local rivers, lakes, and oceans, as well as many wells. It helps harden tooth enamel, protecting against decay.
WHEREAS, community water fluoridation is a scientifically proven, time-tested approach to improve dental health. For more than 70 years, millions of Americans have benefited from fluoridated water and the best available scientific evidence consistently indicates that community water fluoridation is safe.
WHEREAS, Durango has provided its community with fluoridated water for 60 years and continued community water fluoridation will help ensure a healthy future for all Durango residents, in every walk of life.
WHEREAS, it is vital that we sustain Durango’s long-standing policy of safely supplementing the natural level of fluoride in our drinking water.
WHEREAS, an initiative has been placed on the April ballot to remove the beneficial levels of fluoride added to our water and put at risk the health of our community’s children and residents of all ages.
WHEREAS, Question 1A is terribly misguided and based on misconceptions and untruths about fluoride and would roll back generations of progress, especially for our most disadvantaged families, while offering no conceivable benefit.
NOW, THEREFORE, for our community’s heath, ________________________________________ supports the Healthy Kids, Healthy Durango campaign and will vote NO on 1A on the April 4, 2017, City of Durango ballot.