FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell is finally ready to put the f-word to rest, with fluoridation of the water to stop on May 30.
The unused supply of fluoride the region has will be sent south of the border to the Tweed Shire Council.
“It has taken a while to work through the mechanics to stop adding fluoride to the potable water supply,” Cr O’Connell said.
“There are rules and regulations on how to dispose of the fluoride already in store as well as working out how to turn off the supply.
“Unfortunately it was not as simple as turning off a tap: fluoridation is just one part of a water treatment and supply system which has to be managed.”
Public notices would appear this weekend in accordance with the Water Fluoridation Act 2008, to give residents at least 30 days notice that fluoride will no longer be added to the water supply.
The costs to stop fluoridation are not expected to exceed $25,000, while Wide Bay Water Corporation will save $165,000 each year because of the decision.