Fluoride Action Network

Palerang to consider fluoride in water supply report

Source: IBN News Australia | February 28th, 2008
Location: Australia

Palerang Council will consider a report at its Bungendore meeting today that recommends fluoride be added to the shire’s water supply.

The report recommends the council add the fluoride to water at Bungendore, Captains Flat and Braidwood.

But it says the Braidwood part of the program should be delayed until there is enough money to pay for the construction of a new water treatment plant.

The report comes at the end of an extensive public consultation over the plans, which found 74 percent of ratepayers approved of the idea. In Bungendore, the figure was even higher, with 82 percent of residents liking the idea. In Braidwood, the plan scored 65 percent approval.

Ninety percent of NSW residents now have access to fluoridated water. Since 2004, 20 councils have voted to supplement their water supplies with fluoride.

Fluoridated water was introduced to New South Wales in 1956 to prevent widespread dental decay.