"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long
acknowledged the public benefits of fluoridation of water systems,"
said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Department of Public
Health. "Drinking fluoridated water from birth can reduce tooth
decay by 40 to 65 percent."
More than 150 water supply operators
have met Illinois standards for at least 10 consecutive years. Of
those recognized: 71 systems earned a commendation for meeting
state-recommended fluoride levels of 0.9 to 1.2 parts per million
for at least five consecutive years; 57 for at least 10 years; 62
for at least 15 years; 33 for at least 20 years, eight for at least
25 years, and one for at least 30 years. Another 84 communities
received honorable mentions for meeting state fluoride levels 11 of
12 months in 2012.
"Water fluoridation can improve overall oral health for both
children and adults, and studies show water fluoridation
significantly reduces tooth decay over a person's lifetime," said
Dr. David Miller, a dentist and chief of the IDPH Division of Oral
Health. "We applaud those communities in Illinois that have
practiced water fluoridation for more than 60 years and encourage
them to continue their efforts."
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Approximately 99 percent Illinois residents served by public
water systems receive the benefit of fluoridated drinking water,
compared with the current national average of approximately 72
percent. Fluoride is found naturally in water, but in many
communities the amount of the mineral is too low and does not meet
the required standards.
Water operators will add fluoride to fulfill optimal health
benefits to the communities. Of the 1,781 water supplies in
Illinois, 832 systems adjust fluoride levels and another 949 either
have adequate natural fluoride or are connected to an adjusted
For a complete list of water systems receiving 2012 compliance
awards, click here.
Department of Public Health file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]