Fluoride starts to flow
SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council contractors today finalised installation of new fluoride treatment pumps at Warwick and Stanthorpe water treatment plants and will start introducing fluoride into the two town water supplies from tomorrow.
The steps are required under State Government’s Water Fluoridation Act 2008 requiring the introduction of fluoride into the Warwick and Stanthorpe town water supply to assist with dental health.
Mayor Ron Bellingham said council had no choice in taking these steps.
“This is a State Government initiative, under the legislation we’re required to comply,” Cr Bellingham said.
Contractors Prominent Fluid Control will start testing the new pumps, finetuned to calibrate liquids by the milligram, tomorrow with very low amounts of fluoride.
Over the next few days, they will gradually increase the level of fluoride in the water treatment plants in line with Australian drinking water guidelines.
It will then take between three days and one week for treated water to reaching households.
Water will be continually tested for levels.
For information on fluoridation of the water systems visit http://access.health.qld.gov.au/hid/MouthandDentalHealth/ToothProblems/waterFluoridation_ap.asp .