Illinois Water Departments Receive Awards
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has awarded 430 community water systems for maintaining the recommended fluoride levels every month in 2013. In Illinois, approximately 99 percent of those served by public water systems receive the benefit of fluoridated drinking water.
“Water fluoridation can improve overall oral health for both children and adults. Studies show water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by about 25 percent over a person’s lifetime,” said IDPH Director Dr LaMar Hasbrouck. “Studies also show that widespread community water fluoridation saves money for both families and the health care system. We applaud those communities that maintain levels of fluoride in their water systems and encourage them to continue their efforts.”