A requirement to fluoridate any public water supply servicing more than 1,000 persons means that while Inglewood and Texas residents won’t be affected, the Goondiwindi town water supply must be upgraded.

Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor, Graeme Scheu says the change will come at a cost.

“Council is responsible for the supply and operation of the potable water supplies for the Goondiwindi Regional Council area and we estimate additional ongoing costs of around $60,000 per year,” Cr Scheu says.

While the State will provide up to 100% subsidy towards the capital cost of implementation, Council will be required to meet annual operating and replacement costs from its own operating budget.

Cr Scheu says the design of the plant is almost complete and we anticipate that fluoride will be in our regular supply by mid November this year.

Fact sheets and information brochures are available at the Goondiwindi Customer Service Centre. Further information is also available on the Queensland Health Water Fluoridation website: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/fluo ride/water_fluoridation.asp. This site has lots of useful information about fluoridated water that the general public can access.