The Minnesota Department of Health announced that the East Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant has been awarded the 2012 Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the drinking water supply to a level which safely and effectively reduces tooth decay and promotes good oral health. The award recognizes those communities that maintained a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water throughout 2012.
“We can be proud that in Minnesota, communities are employing this effective public health measure,” says State Oral Health Director, Merry Jo Thoele. “Studies show that fluoridation prevents tooth decay in all age groups, not just in children. So it is very important that communities continue to maintain their fluoridation levels.”
Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing tooth decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves approximately $38 in costs for dental treatment.
The Water & Light Commission knows that this award would not have been possible if not for the combined effort, hard work, and attention to detail, consistent laboratory analysis, and timely process control changes delivered by our Water Treatment Plant Operators on a consistent basis. The Commission would like to recognize these water plant operators on a job “well done” and would like to say that they are proud of their accomplishments achieved through hard work and dedication in making East Grand Forks drinking water safe and good tasting for the residents.