PUblic water systems across louisiana receive quality awards
Well-Ahead Louisiana recently announced that 26 public water systems in the state have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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 2018. A total of 1,656 public water systems in 30 states received these awards for 2018.
The water systems recognized in Louisiana are:
|Belle Chasse Water District
||City of Bossier Water System
|Calcasieu Parish Waterworks
District 1 – Plants A & B
|Dalcour Water Works District
|DeRidder Water System
||East Jefferson Waterworks District 1
|Ft. Polk Water Systems (North-Housing,
North, South & South-Bldg. 2902)
|Houma Water Treatment Plant Service Area
|Lafourche Parish Water District 1 –
North & South Plants
|Natchitoches Water System
|New Orleans Algiers Water Works
||New Orleans Carrollton Water Works
|Pointe a la Hache Water System
||Schriever Water Treatment Plant Service Area
|City of Shreveport Water System
||St. Charles Water District 1 – East Bank
|St. Charles Water District 2 –
|Thibodaux Water Works
|City of Vidalia Water System
||Town of Walker Water System
|West Jefferson Waterworks District 2
“Water fluoridation is one of the best investments that a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens. It is equally as effective in preventing cavities in children and adults,” stated Casey Hannan, MPH, Acting Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Fluoridation is also highly cost effective. Studies continue to show that for every $1 a community invests in water fluoridation, $20 are saved in dental treatment costs.”
Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. CDC recommends water fluoridation as one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable, and safe measures a community can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health. Thirty-three public water systems in Louisiana provide community water fluoridation.
“It’s an incredible testament to the quality work our water systems are doing that 79% of all our systems providing fluoridation were recognized with these awards. We know that fluoridating water supports the overall health of our residents, and our water systems are doing an excellent job performing this important service,” said Melissa Martin, director of Well-Ahead Louisiana.
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