Fluoride Action Network

Training delays Coonamble fluoridation

Source: ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | July 22nd, 2009
Location: Australia

Fluoride still has not been added to the water supply for Coonamble, two-and-a-half years after the decision was made.

Coonamble Mayor Tim Horan says it has taken longer than expected to meet the required standards and to train staff to use the equipment.

He says he is hopeful the project will be finalised in the next few months.

“Two years ago there was a lot of community consultation and the community did overwhelmingly support the fluoride to be added to the water,” he said.

“I would hope training can be rushed through by the engineering staff and hopefully I would expect in the next six to eight weeks to be put into place.”

The council’s general manager, John Griffiths, says the required infrastructure is in place but staff training has delayed the implementation.

“It’s not an easy course we did actually have a couple of people go through the course that didn’t succeed,” he said.

“We’re putting a whole range of people through from our director of engineering right down to our water operators and that should happen in August, September.”