Victoria’s Health Department says it will be going ahead with the introduction of fluoride to water supplies in Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang.

Victoria’s chief health officer says the Loddon Mallee region has a high number of people needing hospital treatment for dental conditions and the benefits of fluoridation are proven.

John Carnie says information sessions will be held in Mildura next month.

He says after similar sessions at Swan Hill and Kerang, Lower Murray Water has been formally requested to introduce fluoride there.

“They have to construct a dosing plant and they have to put in the monitoring equipment that makes sure that the amount of fluoride going into the water keeps the level at one part per million, so that process can take up to 12 months, depending how complicated the engineering works are,” he said.