Fluoride Action Network

New Fluoridation Law in Iowa

Source: Quad-City Times | July 1st, 2021 | From the Gazette Des Moines Bureau
Location: United States, Iowa

Iowa Capitol Digest for July 1, 2021

Note from Fluoride Action Network:
This law is being passed throughout the country. The law’s intent is to allow time to persuade the community, by pro-fluoridation health departments and state dental groups, to change its mind. New York state passed a similar law in 2015. (EC)

NEW FLUORIDATION LAW: Officials with the state Department of Public Health say a new Iowa law that took effect Thursday requires an owner or operator of a public water supply system to notify its consumers at least 90 days before taking any action to permanently discontinue fluoridation of its water supply. The public water supply also must provide notice to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

According to the agency, community water fluoridation is the precise adjustment of natural fluoride levels to the optimal level of 0.7 mg/L to prevent cavities — noting that for every $1 spent on community water fluoridation, $38 in dental treatment costs are saved. The IDPH Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems monitors the fluoride levels of Iowa communities and provides information, education and assistance to water supply professionals, health care professionals and the public.

*Original article online at https://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/iowa-capitol-digest-for-july-1-2021/article_32afe2b2-8a76-567b-8a7b-36e356208367.html