COLUMBIA — After months of public debate, the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health recommended Thursday that the city keep the same amount of fluoride in its water.
The board also recommended that the city continue to obtain its fluoride from the same company, Mosaic, and treat it with the same chemical, hydrofluorosilicic acid.
Residents and Sixth Ward Council member Barbara Hoppe asked the Board of Health in January to review the city's fluoridation practices following concerns about negative health impacts and cost.
The board voted 7 to 2 in favor of maintaining current practices.
The ColumbiaCity Council will cast a deciding vote on the matter.