‘Trib Talk’: Sandy City looks for answers after a water contamination crisis

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Cases of water stored at the Sandy Operations Center at 9150 South, 150 East on Sunday, on Feb. 17, 2019 for residents to drive thru and pick up. The city issued a no drink after a fluoride pump malfunctioned and contaminated its water system.

Sandy residents are asking for answers after a malfunction flooded the city’s water system with fluoride, eroding pipes and pushing unsafe levels of minerals and contamination into people’s homes.

The incident has raised accusations of negligence and mismanagement, and reignited a debate over the value of mandatory fluoridation.

On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Sandy City Deputy Mayor Evelyn Everton and Tribune government reporter Taylor Stevens join Benjamin Wood to discuss the cause of the contamination, the city’s response, and its potential impact on water-treatment debates in Salt Lake County.

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