Recently, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) informed the Town of Lawrenceville that it had been awarded a Water Flouridation Quality Award from CDC for the year 2013.
Flouridation 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 and professional adjustment of the water fluoride content to the optimum level for oral health for 12 consistent months.
“Community water flouridation continues to be proven to prevent tooth decay throughout people’s lives,” stated Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Since CDC began our fluoridation awards program in 2002, an increasing number of states have worked closely with their community water systems to ensure proper management of their water fluoridation programs.”
Community water flouridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently over 210 million people – served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for dental treatment.
“We are really delighted to receive this award,” said Mayor Bill Herrington. “It is a glowing testament to the dedicated work of our water treatment staff. We commend and thank them for their outstanding service. It should be noted that this is the 2nd time in the last three years that Lawrenceville has received this award. We are anxiously anticipating a repeat for 2014.”