HOLMEN, Wisconsin (WXOW)— After years of debate, the Holmen Village Board voted to resume fluoride treatment in the water, but now the debate is over what type of fluoride.
Equipment is in place to dispense a liquid fluoride, but some want to use an alternative form that comes in a flake. That would mean replacing existing equipment, which the village board president, Nancy Proctor, says that could cost around $80,000. She also says there are safety concerns with the flake product.
"My public works director has a safety element that he's concerned about," Proctor said. "He thinks that when the public works employees have to handle this flake product, there's more chance they could inhale this product and have respiratory problems. So, we haven't gotten that settled yet."
The board voted to have an engineering company examine the existing machinery to determine if it's still functioning, before deciding which type of fluoride to use.
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