A petition to remove fluoride from Salina’s water supply was submitted on Monday to the city clerk.

A grassroots organization called Salina Cares delivered the petition and its 2041 signatures to city clerk Shandi Wicks on July 21st.

The petition is a request to the city of Salina to remove fluoride from the city’s public water supply.

The group intends to put the issue up for a vote in the November elections.

Oral health advocates in Kansas are pushing back against an effort to require cities that put fluoride in their water to tell residents that fluoride lowers the IQ in children.

Wichita Representative Steve Brunk has introduced a bill in the House requiring the IQ notification. It's based on a 2012 Harvard study that found a correlation between slower brain development and increased levels of fluoride in water.

That study focused on children in China, which unlike the U.S., has a high natural presence of fluoride in its water.

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Wichita voters will consider adding fluoride to the city water supply when they go to the polls on Nov. 6, and both sides have waged heavy campaigns over the hotly contested issue.

Wichita’s history with the fluoride debate runs long and deep.