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Hinchinbrook Shire to begin fluoridating water

Source: ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | May 10th, 2013 | By David Chen and Jessica Nairn
Location: Australia

The Hinchinbrook Shire at Ingham in north Queensland will begin adding fluoride to its water supplies for the first time in the coming weeks.

The shire has been one of the few councils in north Queensland that has decided to fluoridate its water.

Mayor Rodger Bow says it has had a mixed response from the community since the decision last year.

“We’ve had a delegation from the dentists in town and they’re for fluoridation,” he said.

“We’ve had [a] delegation against fluoride, so we’ve had both sides of the story and it’s now up to council.”

He says the process will begin once council has tested all its new equipment and staff are trained.

“Because we’re so far advanced down the track, our equipment is in there now and we’re starting to dose it to test it,” he said.

“But I can’t speak for what happens down the track.”