The Minnesota Department of Health announced the East Grand Forks Water Plant has been awarded the Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoridated water throughout 2013.
For 2013, a total of 2,184 public water systems in 33 states received these awards, including 119 (out of 960) in Minnesota. “We can be proud that in Minnesota, communities are employing this effective public health measure,” says Merry Jo Thoele, State Oral Health Program Director. “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 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 at least $38 in cost for dental treatment.
Randy Rapacz, East Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant Superintendent says, “This award is a result of the combined effort, hard work, attention to detail, consistent laboratory analysis and timely process control changes delivered by our Water Treatment Plant operators on a daily basis.”
The Water and Light 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.