The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday announced today that 51 water systems in Michigan, including Hastings, have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The award recognizes communities that maintained a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water throughout 2018. A total of 1,656 water systems in 30 states received the award. Other area communities or systems receiving the award were Allegan, Battle Creek-Verona System, Grand Ledge, Lowell Water Treatment Plant, Marshall, Otsego and Wayland.
Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in water to a level optimal for preventing tooth decay. It has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. The CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective and inexpensive method of preventing decay. Research shows that every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for dental treatment.
“Michigan consistently exceeds the CDC recommendations for community water supplies by having 90 percent of our population on community water systems accessing fluoridated water,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS, said in Wednesday’s press release. “These awards demonstrate the commitment to quality by these community water systems. Water fluoridation benefits all residents of a community, and it has demonstrated its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay throughout one’s lifetime.”
More information on community water fluorination can be found on the CDC website.