Dentist rounds out water district board

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 ~ Updated 10:58 AM

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Carroll-Boone Water District once again has a full board complement with the approval of dentist Dr. Frank A. "Lad" Brooks III of Harrison to fill the seat vacated after the death of Royce Barrett from Harrison last year. Brooks will serve through 2012.

Brooks, along with Chairman James Yates and Mark Billings, make up the Boone County contingent of the board.

Board members serve six-year terms and are elected by the people, but their seats are rarely challenged.

Brooks was raised in Batesville, received undergraduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and his dental degree from the University of North Carolina.

After graduation he worked on the Navajo reservation for the Indian Health Service until he and his wife, Kim, moved to Harrison in 1993. They have three children.

Asked how he feels about fluoridating the water supply, Brooks said he is for it.

"I believe it's important," he said. "I provide it for my children each night, my little ones."

The issue of fluoridation has been a controversial one in the Carroll-Boone Water District.

Office manager Jim Allison said by phone later there have been two attempts in the past to add fluoride to the drinking water supply, with the city councils of Berryville, Green Forest and Harrison passing ordinances to request it from Carroll-Boone. Eureka voted to the let the people decide, and in both cases it was voted down.

Unless there is perfect consensus, Allison said, no fluoride will be added at the Carroll-Boone plant.

"But it's not like they're being forced not to have it," he said. "If any of the cities desire to have their water fluoridated, they can fluoridate (at their intake) off our line. But it is expensive."

Plant manager John Summers reported the district had the best month it's ever had in water sales to a city when it pumped 100 mg (million gallons) to Harrison in August.

He said in one day the district pumped 11,383 gallons, or 8,000 gpm (gallons per minute).

He said the district also met its "load shedding" goal. This is a process whereby the district can shut down and run its water plants on generators to save electricity costs during peak usage.

He said if the district had not been able to meet load shedding in each of its four quarters, it would have cost $175,000 for the year in electricity alone.

Engineer Brad Hammond from McGoodwin, Williams & Yates reported his company is looking at a study done of the plant water filters, but he is not yet ready to make recommendations.

He said paint is starting to come off from inside the filters, and they will need to be repainted or to be coated with a special lining that lasts longer (50 years as opposed to 20 years for paint) but is much more expensive. He will make recommendations at a later date.

The board approved the financial reports for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The district ended with an excess of $1.3 million in income, compared to $1.1 million in 2009, and total assets of $25.6 million, as opposed to $25.2 million in 2009. Water sales rose from $3 million in 2009 to $3.3 million in 2010, outperforming budget projections by $181,000.

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  • Seem to recall that all 11 of the licensed water plant people were against fluoridation. They actually know the research proves ingested fluorides worthless. Any benefit is topical as even the CDC has had to quietly admit in 1999 and 2001.

    Sadly most dentists are fluoride ignorant and still believe the myth very intensely. The result is skyrocketing fluoride toxicity of porous brittle discolored enamel. Blacks have double this damage and hispanics about double also with more of the every tooth moderate and severe.

    Most big cities have been fluoridated 5 decades plus and have increasing cavities in the poor. Poor nutrition and few dentists treating the poor is the real issue. Parents putting kids down with a bottle or sippy cup and sugar drink destroys so many poor kids teeth. This is epidemic and is 100% avoidable by education as fluoridation has no benefit.

    Most of the developed countries avoid fluoridation and have fewer cavities mostly and never more. They know fluoridation is medication with no consent and no benefit either.

    see the science not slick PR BS

    -- Posted by Jim Schultz on Tue, Nov 2, 2010, at 2:04 PM
  • Fluoridation is proven to increase blood lead levels by Masters Coplan 1999 2000. Blacks were dluble likely to be lead toxic when fluoridation with FSA happened. This toxic waste from phosphate fertilizer plant smokestacks scrubbers is excellent at leaching lead from brass. It also increases corrosion of pipes. When chloramine is added it is many times more destructive and lead leaching.

    Fluoridated water when boiled in aluminum pots will leach aluminum into the water. 200ppm in 10 min and 600ppm in 30 min. This makes the water toxic of the food. ALUMINUM IS ESPECIALLY BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN. Even Pakastan has figured this out as the leading cause of demensia with 10% of their people disabled by it. Never cook acid food in aluminum either.

    -- Posted by Jim Schultz on Tue, Nov 2, 2010, at 2:12 PM
  • More than 3100 professionals (including over 280 dentists) urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement:

    Also, eleven Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people. (b)

    Approximately, 80 US communities rejected fluoridation since 2008. The CDC reports that 225 less communities adjusted for fluoride between 2006 and 2008.

    The Fluoride Action Network is working with Dr. Mercola to educate legislators and the media about the health hazards associated with water fluoridation which isn't revealed to them by those lobbying in favor of fluoridation:

    -- Posted by nyscof on Tue, Nov 2, 2010, at 2:48 PM
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