The City of Grand Junction Water Treatment Plant was recently recognized with the Colorado Award for Excellence in Water Fluoridation by the Oral Health Unit (OHU) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The water system was one of just 27 water systems in Colorado to receive the award.
A water treatment plant is considered to be providing optimally fluoridated water by the United States Public Health Service when daily recommended levels are maintained for 75% of the month – Grand Junction maintained the recommended level over 90% of the month. Fluoridating systems must also submit monthly reports to the Oral Health Unit and monthly comparison samples to the State Laboratory to be considered to be providing optimally fluoridated water.
Community water fluoridation provides a public health benefit to all City of Grand Junction water customers. Community water fluoridation is:
- Safe – At optimal levels, there is no scientifically peer-reviewed credible evidence of a link between fluoride and any adverse health effects. Over 100 reputable organizations support CWF including the American Medical Association, American Pediatrics Association, the American Water Works Association and many more.
- Beneficial – Fluoridation prevents at least 25% of tooth decay in children and adults throughout their lifespan.
- Cost effective – Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies clearly demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of this important public health initiative. Communities that invest $1 per person per year in optimally fluoridated water save their population approximately $32 per person per year in averted dental costs. This equates to approximately $830,000 for our community.
For additional information on the City of Grand Junction Water Treatment Plant, visit http://www.gjcity.org/residents/water-services/.
Contact: Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager 970-244-1507 or firstname.lastname@example.org