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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

USA - Agency awards utilities for maintaining water fluoride

Agency awards utilities for maintaining water fluoride
By Merritt Melancon | merritt.melancon@onlineathens.com
JEFFERSON - Water departments in Jefferson, Commerce and Athens recently received an unexpected recognition - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2008 Water Fluoridation Quality Award.
The award recognizes municipal water departments that have maintained the optimal level of fluoride in their water throughout the past 12 months.
Utility directors received notice of this year's awards earlier this month.
"I hadn't heard of it until last year when we got it," said Jeff Killip, Jefferson's director of public works. "They were all pretty well taken aback at the treatment plant."

"We make sure (fluoride is) in there," Killip said. "But we do have trickier things to worry about - bacteria, taste and odor."

While most of Georgia's public water systems introduce fluoride in drinking water to strengthen the bond between tooth enamel and the tooth to help prevent decay, only 57 water systems in Georgia and 1,500 systems across the country received the award, according to Linda Orgain, a health communications specialist with the CDC.

The award recognizes water systems that consistently produce water containing the CDC-recommended concentration of fluoride, about 1 milligram per liter of water, according to the CDC's Engineering and Administrative Recommendations for Water Fluoridation. Public works employees usually are not recognized just for doing their jobs well, so it's nice to have the acknowledgment, Killip said.

"I think it's just the psyche of the people who work in public works; they don't seek recognition," he said. "Their satisfaction is that everybody has water and that their toilets work when they go to flush them."
Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Reader Comments

Posted by: jwillie6 at Oct. 21, 2009 at 1:12:50 am
I am sorry to report that they hand out hundreds of these awards across the couuntry each year in a public relations ploy.
Those promoting fluoridation simply refuse to read the current research showing it is ineffective and dangerous to health of children and adults. Go to (www.fluoridealert.org) and read several articles from scientists.
Read the letter from Dr. Hardy Limeback ( DDS, PhD Biochemistry) --- Head, Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto entitled "Why I am now officially opposed to adding fluoride to drinking water"
He was the principal research advisor to the Canadian Dental Asociation for over 10 years in promoting fluoridation. His letter is an apology to other dentists and the public.
Over 140 Research studies listed, including:
Increased risk of bone cancer -- 13 studies
Lead, arsenic, radium contaminants causing toxic water -- 10 studies
Link with fluoride and other cancer -- 12
Fluoride causes birth defects -- 5
Fluoride affects the immune systems -- 12
Fluoride is neurotoxic (brain, nerves, lowering IQ) -- 11
Also see the petition signed by over 2600 professionals opposing fluoridation.

Posted by: athensga2 at Oct. 21, 2009 at 2:01:18 am


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