Fluoride flows in Stuart's drinking water

STUART, FL (Fox 29) - People living in Stuart now have extra protection to their teeth. Water utility workers began slowly leveling traces of fluoride in their system, voters approved the addition in January.

Stuart water officials took Fox 29 on the tour of the new fluoridation system. A tank holding fluoride will eventually pump 30 gallons of fluoride into every 3 million gallons of drinking water.

"Over the last several days, we've just been slowly increasing the fluoride. We transferred just enough fluoride to satisfy the therapeutic level," said Dave Peters, Assistant Director of Public Works.

Safety measures have been in place to make sure the things will stay that way. An alarm automatically sounds if the fluoride levels begin to fluctuate. Lab techs are also constantly monitoring the system on computers and through water samples.

The fluoridation in Stuart's drinking water should reach its optimum level by Tuesday. Some other local cities which added fluoride to the water include Port St. Lucie, Delray Beach, and West Palm Beach.