What’s in our tap water?

By Celia Kiewit

Did you receive your New Year’s gift from the water district?   In January we will be getting fluoride in our tap water!   Great, it protects the children’s teeth from cavities.  Or does it?  I had one week’s worth of fluoride treatments when I was a kid and I have no cavities.  Why then are so many people in San Diego spitting mad about this?

San Diego city water is fluoridated despite the will of the people who, according to Municipal Code 67, banned any addition of fluoride to the water supply.  Check with your district and ask some questions.  Why is this happening?  Where is it coming from, and what is the actual chemical content?  Some people are objecting strongly, yet their politicians don’t seem to want to talk about it.  Some City Council members actually approve.

No vote was allowed.

Is this ever a good idea for protecting the teeth of young children? Maybe, but not on a long-term cumulative basis.  Fluoride, in the form delivered by the European “chemical distribution” company, Brenntag, is right up there with lead and mercury.  From our local water district’s website:  “Fluoride… discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.”  Not exactly a pharmaceutical grade.   Chemical distribution?  Sounds like a euphemism to me.  More research needs to be done on these guys.  And yes, over-fertilization and pesticides add to the problem of polluted water and run-off.  What’s in the purple pipe?  How about “Toilet to Tap?”  Now there’s a great marketing slogan!  See the USA Today article dated 3/2011, “How we get tap water from sewage.”  Is the solution to pollution dilution?

Who cares what’s in the tap water when no one drinks it anyway?  Something like 80 million plastic bottles of water are consumed every day in the U.S. alone.   Designer water can cost 3 times that of a gallon of gasoline.

Plastic leaches into the contents and eventually infects the food supply.   Don’t get me started on my PET peeve.
The massive business of water delivery, sourcing, filtering, and charging us when sometimes we don’t really know what’s in it, where it comes from, nor can we really object is brilliant marketing and we are the captive consumers.   Be sure to see the film “Tapped,” which features Algalita’s Charlie Moore, an excellent documentary exposing the truth about water—stream, tap, and bottled.  Is it stolen and sold back to us?  “Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting over,” said Mark Twain.  Yep, water wars are on the horizon as H2O is being dubbed the “new oil.”

This precious life-sustaining resource is too often taken for granted.  Some think it should cost more to reflect its true value.  On a half-acre organic garden and orchard, I use very little water thanks to a drip system and homemade cisterns.   Maybe we should mandate filtration systems in new homes and retrofit existing homes and businesses similar to the low-flush toilet laws, carbon monoxide monitors, etc.

Make no mistake, the municipal water supply cannot be allowed to deteriorate into a sewer, nor should it be manipulated by the powerful.  This public utility must remain just that, publicly accountable to the citizens.  When someone upstream is eliminating and someone downstream is drinking, standards must be maintained externally, come hell or high water!

Hydrofluorosilicic acid: Is this toxic waste and a carcinogen?  Is this a “bait and switch” whereby something that sounds like a good idea is really a toxic waste product that somebody upstream needs to get rid of?  I’d like some answers.

Celia Kiewit is an Encinitas resident.


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  1. Katherine (Bonita) says:

    I just watched Brock Dolman give a great presentation about protecting our watershed at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Water is so precious…I am a mother and grandmother and I am very concerned how this is being funded through the 1st Five Bill in California. Why don’t they put nicotine in the water…They have crossed the line… they have convinced the public that it is a naturally occurring process but fail to mention that the chemicals come from China and this is a billion dollar industry. Thank you for writing this article..it is a start.

  2. David Banks, DDS says:


    Thank you for speaking out on this issue. As Dr. Sauerheber has pointed out, fluoride is toxic and accumulates biologically over time. Fluoride ingestion has been implicated in increased cancer, higher rates of hip fractures, lowered IQ, greater incidence of arthritis and myriad other health problems. Those who have compromised kidney function and the elderly cannot eliminate fluoride efficiently and are especially susceptible to damage.

    Encinitas has been one of the few pockets in North County to mostly escape this misguided practice. Up until this point we have only been subjected to fluoridated water when we ran out of local water and had to import from MWD to make up the gap. Currently inland Encinitas (OMWD)has been spared poisoned water, but this could change at at any time without warning. My understanding is that the Coastal areas will be currently fluoridated for the next 8 weeks and will then revert to safer water.

    Excellent information on fluoridation is provided on http://www.fluoridealert.org, and on the San Diegans for Safe Drinking Water site, http://www.sdsw.org. Additionally, the San Diego site has some steps you can take to provide at least partial protection for your family.

  3. This City is Rife with corrpution. Todd Gloria responded to me last year as to why San Diegans are being exposed to this poison with: “It’s only here for two years, then the money runs out.” Right. And for two years or twenty, it’s OK? Those who voted this stuff in or who ignore the direction of the citizenry, need to be Voted Out!

    Pls. read links:


    Doctor Exposes Fluoride as Poison
    for video of DR:


    on January 10, 2012 12:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
    Infowars Ireland
    by ZyPhReX
    Dec 10, 2011

    It is now known – thanks to the meticulous research of Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England – that the pineal gland is the primary target of fluoride accumulation within the body.
    Also, Fluoride is known to have tremendous effects on bone cancer, joint problems, bone weakness, lower estrogen & testosterone as well as Dental Fluorosis. Sodium Fluoride is the most toxic ionic molecule outside of potassium dichromate.
    All rat poison products have Sodium Fluoride. Many companies have begun fluoridating bottled water. Fluoride is also used in many prescription anti-depression drugs and that shows that it eliminates aggression and motivation in people. The Russians even did fluoride experimentations on their population. Not only that, but the main ingredient in Prozac is Fluoride.
    Fluoride given to rats caused Bone Cancer and Liver Cancer as well. Fluoride is a neurotoxic agent that causes memory problems and IQ problems.
    This sure as hell sounds like the wonder drug that would be used against the population if they wished to exercise control over it…
    If you don’t know about fluoride, ask yourself, WHY WOULD THEY DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS? Is this even possible? Are all these lies? What’s of the matter? Do you think the Establishment and Government would care enough to fluoridate water for OUR benefit? Since WHEN does the Establishment care for the people?

    for video of DR cut and paste address below:

    Fluoride, Aspartame & Agenda 21
    The Hard To Swallow Truth Documentary
    Fluoride & The Pineal Gland
    Mercury & Fluoride — The Dumbing Down Of a Population
    Fluoride Deception
    Hitler & Fluoride
    The history of Fluoride
    Fluoride and Bone Disease
    Fluoride & the Brain
    Fluoride and Cancer
    Fluoride & the Gastrointestinal Tract
    Fluoride Warnings for Infants

  4. Bill Zimmermann says:

    Cecilia Bravo bravo bravo… I have been studying fluoridation foe two years. I just met with Brian Baldwin, Dr. Richard Sauerherber and Dr. David Kennedy DDS regarding the fluoride situation in San Diego. Brian is the director od SDSDW San Diegans for Safe Drinking water. (SDSDW.org)

    The thing we need most to eliminate this problem is lines of people waiting to speak the same rehersed planned rhetoric, politely and nicely, with no anger to the city council every single month without fail until they get the point. Massive emails and hard copies of well written fact based letters will help, but it is the presence of people before the council that will drive home the point.

    Please feel free to contact me. I make myself available to you and will help you to write factual and verified articles for future publication and introduce you to the men women of SDSDW.org

    Thanks for your good article.

    William Zimmermann

    • celia says:

      I attended the meeting on 12/17 and met Brian and Dr. Kennedy. Thus the article. I write frequently for The Coast News, mostly about plastic pollution and conservation as I work with Captain Charles Moore. Thnx for your comments.

  5. Bart Ziegler says:

    Celia, your work on this subject was well researched. Unfortunate that this issue is considered fringe and libertarian. From all the science I’ve read, dumping fluorides in drinking water is not productive and harm outweighs any benefits.

    Bart Ziegler PhD (toxicologist)

    • george Kaplan says:

      I have been fluoridating my pineal gland since 1974, using an old stereotactic machine from UCSD bought at a DEA auction, and I feel fine.

  6. Carol Buell says:

    Right on. We need to keep fighting this contamination of our water supply. I live in SD and have joined with others to fight flouridation, but to no avail so far. I have installed a water purification system and a separate under the counter filtration for drinking water. How many others can actually afford that? We actually absorb more water into our bodies through showers and baths than drinking!! Thanks so much for speaking up,

    How can we get the politicians to actually listen and do what is already a law?? How about a lawsuit against them??

  7. Lets wake up San Diego, we need to stand up and demand to have some accountability for those who decide to put this into our water without a vote by the public. Besides being hazardous to our health with questionable benefits, there are many that do not feel like participating in the large fluoride experiment being forced upon them.

  8. celia says:

    Follow you local politicians whenever they are speaking during this election season. Meetings of voters are held all over the county by both parties every month. Politely ask them their positions on this both privately & in front of others. Offer to help their campaigns, then pin them down. Get in front of them at City Council meetings like Brian suggested, write letters, and make sure your comments are calmly presented according to his “talking points”. If I get enough material, I’ll write another editorial. Thanks for all your great comments.

  9. Celia, says:


    If you are interested in the history of Fluoridation – refer to the attached link. – it’s very long . It all began in the 1930′s and was orchestrated by Alcoa in US so as to mitigate fines for toxic waste dumping.
    It will blow you away – Fluoridation of water supplies is the greatest conspiracy of all time – at all levels.

    Whatever you do – don’t drink it – it will eventually kill you in one form or another.


  10. Robert says:

    Sorry my mistake ,
    The last post dtd 27 Feb was not from Celia.It was from myself.
    I apologise for confusion.

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