THE countdown is on until April 18 when fluoride will be added to town water supplies in Stanthorpe and Warwick.

A council spokeswoman confirmed this week that the installation is progressing and testing and commissioning will commence shortly

“Fluoride will be added to the water supply from April 18 and they are still on track as forecast,” she said.

It’s a State Government requirement that Queensland towns with a population greater than 1000 add fluoride to their water.

Other towns in the region – such as Wallangarra, Killarney and Allora – will not be affected.

The project was scheduled to be rolled out by December 2010 but was delayed.

Those in favour of the project say it will improve dental health in young people, but those against say it’s mass-medication without consultation.

Council is not yet fully aware of the cost, but estimates an increase of four cents per kilolitre of water.