Gilbert discovers fluoride withheld from water

Puts 2 officials on leave

By Parker Leavitt – Aug. 23, 2012 02:56 PM

Gilbert has put two top administrators on leave and launched an internal investigation after officials discovered fluoride has been withheld from part of the town’s water supply for at least 13 months.

Gilbert voters approved fluoridation 12 years ago after a heated debate on the controversial issue, and the task of adding the cavity-fighting chemical fell to Public Works Director Lonnie Frost, whose wife Shelley had led the opposition against fluoride.

Frost, along with Water Manager Chris Ochs, are now on paid leave while the town investigates how and why fluoride was not being added at Gilbert’s North Water Treatment Plant. Town Manager Patrick Banger could not immediately say whether it was done intentionally or by mistake.



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