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Bourke: Fluoridated water to flow in Bourke

Source: ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | December 10th, 2009
Location: Australia

Fluoridated water is set to be introduced in Bourke, two years after the proposal was initially touted.

Local residents and health professionals have given their backing to plans for a new fluoridation plant to be built in the town.

The shire council’s general manager, Geoff Wise, says the support should mean the facility will be constructed within a few months.

Mr Wise says fluoridating the water will have huge benefits to the local community.

“International information clearly demonstrates the oral health benefits of fluoridation to all members of the community, in particular children, but even adults of all ages,” he said.

He says it will be the first time residents will have a permanent supply of fluoridated water.

“We did have it very briefly at one stage but unfortunately the way the engineering was designed in the water treatment plant it was not a reliable source,” he said.

Plans to fluoridate the water were abandoned in 2007 after the council encountered problems with the water treatment plant.