Sheldon, Rock Valley Honored For Fluoridation

Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon and Rock Valley are two of 63 Iowa communities that have been honored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a Water Fluoridation Quality Award, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The number of communities receiving awards is up from 40 last year.

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2015.

According to IDPH Fluoridation Coordinator Kelsey Feller, water fluoridation is one of the best investments that communities can make in maintaining the oral health of their citizens.  Feller says it is equally as effective in preventing cavities in children and adults.  Feller says fluoridation is also highly cost effective; studies continue to show that for every $1 invested by communities in water fluoridation, $38 are saved in dental treatment costs, according to Keller.

For more information on the water fluoridation in Iowa, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website by clicking here.

Communities receiving awards include:

Albert City Municipal Water Supply

Allison Water Supply

Arlington Water Supply

Atlantic Municipal Utilities

Bancroft Water Supply

Belle Plaine Water Department

Bellevue Municipal Utilities

Bennett Water Works

Boone Water Works

Breda Water Supply

Britt Water Works

Burlington Municipal Water Works

Clarion Water Supply

Council Bluffs Water Works

Decorah Water Department

Elk Horn Municipal Water Works

Estherville Water Treatment Plant

Forest City Water Supply

Garner Water Works

Glenwood Municipal Utilities

Guthrie Center Municipal Water Works

Harlan Municipal Utilities

Hiawatha Water Department

Ida Grove Water Utility

Iowa City Water Department

Iowa Falls Water Department – Pine Street Plant

Iowa Falls Water Department – Elk Run Plant

Kalona Water Department

Kanawha Water Supply

Keokuk Municipal Water Works

Lamoni Municipal Utilities

Logan Water Plant

Manchester Water Supply

Manly Water Supply

Marshalltown Water Works

Mason City Water Department

Minden Water Supply

Mitchellville Water Supply

Monona Municipal Water Department

Montezuma Municipal Water Supply

Newton Water Works

Onawa Municipal Water Plant

Pella Water Works Department

Regional Water

Rock Valley Water Supply

Scranton Water System

Shelby Water Supply-Plant 1

Shelby Water Supply-Plant 4

Sheldon Water Department

Sloan Water Supply

Spirit Lake Water Works

Terril Municipal Water Works

Treynor Water Department

University of Iowa Water System

Van Meter Municipal Water Works

Ventura Water Works

Vinton Municipal Water Department

Waterloo Water Works

Waverly Water Department

West Central Iowa Rural Water Association – Boyer

West Central Iowa Rural Water Association – Nishnabotna

Whittemore Municipal Water Supply

Winterset Municipal Water Works

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