Alf is not fussy about what goes into the local water supply, because he does his best never to drink the stuff, including with whisky.
And – yes – he rinses his mouth after cleaning his teeth with whisky too.
Hence he has been indifferent to goings-on at a Hamilton City Council workshop on fluoridation.
Whatever went on, the Waikato District Health Board was not impressed, because it said the workshop had provided no new, robust evidence to support a change in policy.
That policy, obviously, involves tossing chemicals into the local water supply.
“Hamilton continues to have an Aa rated drinking water supply which, with the addition of fluoride, provides an effective, practical and safe means for reducing and controlling the occurrence of tooth decay in communities,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr Felicity Dumble who attended the workshop.
The source of Hamilton’s water supply, it transpires, is the Waikato River.
This river carries all sorts of stuff, much of it unpleasant by some accounts, but it naturally carries between 0.2 and 0.3 ppm (parts per million) fluoride.