National fluoridation quality award presented to 71 Michigan water systems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2020
Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today that 71 water systems have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The award recognizes those communities that maintained a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water throughout 2019. A total of 1,523 water systems in 29 states received the award including the following Michigan systems:

Ann Arbor

Lake Bella Vista

Bangor

Linden

Baraga

Lowell

Battle Creek-Verona System

Ludington

Bay Area Water System

Manchester

Belding

Manistique

Benton Charter Township

Marshall

Big Rapids

Mason

Blissfield

Menominee Water Department

Bridgman

MHOG (Marion, Howell, Oceola and Genoa) Sewer & Water Authority

Buchanan

Michigan State University

Clare

Midland

Dowagiac

Milford

East Jordan

Monroe

Eaton Rapids

Munising

Elk Rapids

Muskegon

Escanaba Water Department

Negaunee-Ishpeming Authority

Fenton

New Buffalo

Fremont

Niles

Genesee County Water System

Plainfield Township

Gladstone Water Department

Plainwell

Grand Rapids

Saginaw

Gratiot Area Water Authority

Schoolcraft

Great Lakes Water Authority

Sparta

Harbor Springs

St. Clair

Hartford

St. Clair Water and Sewer Authority

Hastings

St. Ignace Water Treatment

Hillsdale

St. Johns

Holland Board of Public Works

St. Joseph

Howell

Standish

Huron Shore Reg. Util. Authority

Summit Township

Ionia

Traverse City

Jackson

Wakefield

Jonesville

Wayland

K I Sawyer

Wyoming

Kalamazoo

 

 

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% of our population on community water systems accessing fluoridated water and this year, we had a 26% increase in the number of award recipients,” 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 has demonstrated its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay throughout one’s lifetime and benefits all residents.”

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

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