COROWA will become the latest town to add fluo- ride to its water supply when the powder is added by the end of the month.
The Murray River centre is expected to have fluo- ride included in its water from the week starting September 23, Corowa council’s engineering director Nigel Sutton said yesterday.
The injection of fluoride ends a long debate which stretches back to 1998 when the council chose not to fluoridate the Corowa township water supply after a survey of 2300 people found 58 per cent were opposed.
“It was a state policy that this happen but, ultimately, it was a decision for the community and we moved to implement it,” Mr Sutton said.
Mr Sutton said the infrastructure was in place at Corowa Water Treatment Plant after almost two years of the policy.
“The machine is fully automated and has an online monitoring system,” he said.
“The dosage rates are tightly controlled.”
Corowa mayor Fred Longmire yesterday said the council realised the dental benefits.
“We are a little later in introducing this, but we are happy with the decision,” he said.
Fluoride was introduced in NSW 53 years ago at Yass, and Albury has had it since 1982.
Wodonga added fluoride in 2007.
Greater Hume mayor Heather Wilton said yesterday she could not see why any council would object because there were “so many dental health benefits”.
“If people have personal objections then there’s plenty of rainwater or fluo- ride free water available to purchase,” she said.
“Holbrook, Jindera and Culcairn all have fluoride added to the water.
“Unusually, Holbrook’s fluoride naturally occurs because it’s bore water and already in the water.”