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City Water Systems in Concord, Dover, Laconia, Lebanon, Lancaster, Manchester, and UNH/Durham Receive Award for Fluoridation Efforts
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Division of Public Health Services
Publish Date:
November 14, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) today announced that several New Hampshire water systems have received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The City of Concord Water Treatment Division, City of Dover Water Department, Durham Water Works/UNH Water Treatment Plant, Lancaster Water Department, Laconia Water Works, Lebanon Water Department, and Manchester Water Works were all recognized as communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining an optimal level of fluoridated water throughout 2015. Lancaster Water Department also received a 50 Years of Community Water Fluoridation Award.

Fluoridation is the adjustment of the level of fluoride, a naturally occurring element, in drinking water to an amount that is effective for preventing tooth decay. Drinking fluoridated water keeps teeth strong and reduces cavities by about 25% in children and adults. By preventing cavities, community water fluoridation has been shown to save money for families and for the U.S. health care system.

“Water fluoridation is one of the best investments that communities can make in maintaining the oral health of their citizens,” said Casey Hannan, MPH, Acting Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “It is equally effective in preventing cavities in children and adults. Fluoridation is also highly cost effective; studies continue to show that for every $1 invested by communities in water fluoridation, $38 is saved in dental treatment costs.”

“DPHS fully supports community water fluoridation as a strategy to improve the public’s oral health which is an important part of overall health,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DHHS. “I commend the high quality work of the water departments in Concord, Dover, Durham/UNH, Laconia, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Manchester. Fluoridation is one of the best public health investments we can make.”

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, nearly three-quarters (74.4%) of Americans—or 211 million people—served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. Fewer than half of New Hampshire residents served by a public water system (47%) receive fluoridated water. Many New Hampshire residents receive water from private wells which may or may not have naturally occurring fluoride.

For more information about fluoridation and drinking water, visit www.cdc.gov/fluoridation and www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/oral/index.htm.

 
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