Four Michigan Public Water Systems honored for 50 years of Community Water Fluoridation


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

Lansing, Michigan — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Oral Health Unit is recognizing the public water systems of Bridgeman, Fremont, Harbor Springs and Howell for maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water for 50 consecutive years.

The four water systems were recently awarded the 50 Year Award from Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for continuously adjusting and maintaining the amount of fluoride in drinking water for the prevention of tooth decay in adults and children.

The awards were presented prior to Drinking Water Week, May 7-13. This observance is celebrated by the American Water Works Association/Michigan Section and other water professionals in states across the nation.

“Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “It is one of the best investments that a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens.”

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the water to a level that is optimal for preventing tooth decay. According to the CDC, drinking fluoridated water keeps teeth strong and reduces cavities (also called tooth decay) by about 25 percent in children and adults. It is estimated that every dollar invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for dental treatment.

Nationally, nearly three-quarters (74.4 percent) – or 211 million people - are served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water.

For more information about community water fluorination, visit the CDC website.


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