Category: Oral Health Promotion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave its Water Fluoridation Quality Award to 23 water systems in Louisiana, who are taking the lead for better oral health care in their communities!

The Quality Award recognizes communities that achieved excellence in Community Water Fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoridated water throughout the year. These 23 Louisiana systems are among 1,523 public water systems in 36 states receiving this Quality Award.

2019 Louisiana Water Fluoridation Quality Award Recipients

Belle Chasse Water SystemCity of Bossier Water SystemCalcasieu Parish Water Distric #1 (Plant A)
Calcasieu Parish Water District #1 (Plant B)Dalcour Water Works DistrictCity of DeRidder Water System
East Jefferson Water Works District #1East Jefferson Water Works District #2Fort Polk North Water System
Lafourche Water District No. 1 (North Plant)Lafourche Water District No. 1 (South Plant)Natchitoches Water System
New Orleans Algiers Water WorksNew Orleans Carrollton
Water Works
Pointe A La Hache Water System
Port Sulphur Water SystemShreveport Water System South Fort Polk Water System
St. Charles Water Works #1
(East Plant)
St. Charles Water Works #1
(West Plant)
St. John Water District #1
St. John Water District #2Town of Walker

The CDC states that water fluoridation is one of the best investments that a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens. Drinking fluoridated water is an easy way to keep teeth strong and avoid decay. When a community fluoridates their water, they are adding just the right amount to optimize its benefits and prevent cavities.

The 13 parishes represented by these systems make up part of the 44% of Louisiana residents who receive the benefits of community water fluoridation, compared to almost 75% nationally.

Well-Ahead’s Oral Health Promotion team provides training, assistance and, when available, grant funding to help communities who want to fluoridate their water. We also offer an online Community Water Fluoridation toolkit that helps communities start and maintain water fluoridation.