51 Michigan water systems awarded national fluoridation quality award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 15, 2020

CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today that 51 water systems have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The award recognizes those 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 including the following Michigan systems:

Allegan

Marshall

Bangor

Marysville

Baraga

Mason

Battle Creek-Verona System

Michigan State University

Belding

Midland

Benton Township

Monroe

Carson City

Munising

Clare

Negaunee-Ishpeming Water Authority

Dexter

New Buffalo Water Treatment

East Jordan

Otsego

Elk Rapids

Plainfield Township Water Department

Escanaba Water Department

Sault Ste. Marie Water Treatment

Freemont

Schoolcraft

Grand Ledge

St. Clair

Genesee County Water System

St. Clair Water and Sewer Authority

Genoa Township - MHOG Sewer & Water Authority

St. Ignace Water Treatment

Gladstone Water Department

St. Johns

Great Lakes Water Authority

St. Joseph

Harbor Springs

Sturgis Water Treatment

Hartford

Summit Township Water

Hastings

Union City

Jackson

Wakefield

Jonesville

Wayland

Linden

West Branch

Lowell Water Treatment Plant

Wyoming

Ludington

 

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the water to a level that is optimal for preventing tooth decay. It 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 decay. In fact, 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,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS. “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.”

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

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