If the Parsons City Commission still wants to reintroduce supplemental fluoride into the public water supply, it likely will cost almost $200,000.
The commission instructed the city staff to take the necessary steps to restart fluoridation of the water more than two years ago after the fluoride pump had been off line for several months.
During a Monday city commission meeting, Tommey McLarty of Parsons asked about the delay in adding the fluoride pump back to the water treatment plant. He pointed out the commission had already committed to reintroducing the fluoridation program.
“It fell off the radar,” Commissioner Kevin Cruse said after thanking McLarty for bringing up the issue.
City Manager Debbie Lamb said on Wednesday there is no specific reason for the delay in restarting the program, but the city staff had to work with engineering firm CH2M Hill to weigh all of the options and come up with data, cost analysis and engineering plans before presenting the information to the commission.
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