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Regulator didn’t raise concerns over Wellington fluoride failure

Source: The New Zealand Herald | July 11th, 2022 | By Georgina Campbell
Location: New Zealand

Regional Public Health (RPH) was aware Wellington’s water wasn’t being fluoridated properly since 2016, but the regulator did not raise any concerns.

An independent inquiry, made public last week, reveals the extent of the region’s fluoride failure stretches back many years and across several organisations.

Wellington’s tamariki will likely bear the consequences, with one doctor describing the situation as a dental disaster.

The review was launched following revelations Wellington Water turned off fluoride at two plants last year without telling the board, councils, or residents.

It found water in the region hasn’t been fluoridated properly for six years. Fluoride was administered effectively less than 20 per cent of the time at two treatment plants.