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The Wichita City Council is expected to decide Tuesday on how to move forward with the question of adding fluoride to the city's drinking water.
A group called Wichitans for Healthy Teeth submitted petitions with over 11,000 signatures earlier this month. The group wants the city to approve fluoridation.
The Sedgwick County election office said there are over 6,500 valid signatures, enough to force a decision on the issue. The group has released the results of a survey that said 66 percent of likely voters would support water fluoridation.
The city council will look at a possible ordinance to go ahead with fluoridation. They also have the option of putting the issue on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
The council is expected to hear comments from both sides of the issue during their meeting. An anti- fluoridation group, called Fluoride Free Kansas, is planning a meeting Wednesday evening to talk about organizing efforts to oppose fluoridation.