March 24, 2019

Waterloo, Ontario Decommissioning of Fluoridation Equipment – Hydrofluorosilicic Acid

WaterlooWatch (29-Nov-2011, 1 min. 26 sec.)

On October 25, 2010 following four long years of campaigning, presentations, forums, and debates; Waterloo, Ontario citizens voted to shut down their 44 year fluoridation practice. Decommissioning of fluoridation equipment and hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFSA) ensued shortly thereafter on November 29, 2010.

What’s the fate of hydrofluorosilicic acid chemical inventory when a municipality decides to end water fluoridation?  Now that it can no longer be diluted into the drinking water supply, remaining hydrofluorosilicic acid reverts back to hazardous waste status once again; requiring licensed, costly, hazardous waste handling and proper disposal.