Perry Water Works receives Water Fluoridation Quality Award

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The Perry Municipal Water Works recently received the Water Fluoridation Quality Award for 2017 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PHOTO SUBMITTED TO THE PERRY CHIEF

The Perry Municipal Water Works recently received the Water Fluoridation Quality Award for 2017.

Perry joined 104 Iowa communities in receiving the award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Iowa Department of Public Health said it was a 110 percent increase from 2016.

The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2017, the IDPH said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commends this water system for its consistent and professional adjustment of the fluoride content to the recommended level for oral health for 12 consecutive months in 2017. High quality water fluoridation, as demonstrated by this water system, is a safe and effective method to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health of all community residents.

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Even with the availability of other fluoride-containing products, fluoridated water prevents approximately 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults.

IDPH supports CDC-approved fluoridation programs. The IDPH Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems monitors the fluoride levels of Iowa communities, and provides information and assistance to water supply professionals, healthcare professionals and the public.