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Survey: Most Snowmass water customers want fluoride

Staff report

Sixty-four percent, or 753, of Snowmass Water and Sanitation District customers who responded to a monthlong mail-in survey said they want their drinking water fluoridated, according to survey results released Monday.

Thirty-five percent of respondents, or 404, said they do not want fluoride added to their water, and 1 percent, or 11 respondents, were considered "neutral" in that they returned the survey without marking an answer or marked both options, according to a report by Dalby, Wendland and Co., which administered the survey for the district. The water board, which voted in July to stop fluoridating its water, will consider the survey results at its Oct. 21 meeting.

The survey was mailed out to 3,099 residents and property owners in the district, and about 1,168 responded by the Oct. 2 deadline. Customers mailed included businesses, homeowners, rental tenants, owners of undeveloped lots and residents of Brush Creek Village.

Renters were the only group to return more "no" than "yes" votes. That group also had the lowest response rate at 26 percent.

Owners of affordable-housing units had the highest response rate of all the groups. Fifty-five percent of them favored fluoride.

The water board meets at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Snowmass Club. For more information, visit http://www.swsd.org.