The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that 50 Iowa communities have been awarded Water Fluoridation Quality Awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Included are three communities (Muscatine Power and Water, Northwood Water Works and Waterloo Water Works) that have been awarded the 50 Year Award for maintaining continuous community water fluoridation from 1966-2016 and one community, Oskaloosa Municipal Water Department, has been awarded the Water Fluoridation Community Initiative Award for starting a water fluoridation program in 2016.
Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level 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 2016.
"We are pleased so many Iowa communities have achieved this measure of excellence in their water fluoridation programs," said IDPH State Public Health Dental Director, Dr. Bob Russell. "Studies continue to show water fluoridation prevents about 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults."
Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, about 91 percent of Iowans served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated water. The fluoridation status of Iowa communities may be found at https://nccd.cdc.gov/DOH_MWF/Default/Default.aspx.
List of 2016 Iowa Water Fluoridation Quality Awards:
West Central (Boyer)
West Central (Nishnabotna)