Fluoride dosing - Bicheno and Scamander

The Bicheno and Scamander water supply systems will be fluoridated from November 2015 to comply with a direction to TasWater from the Minister for Health.

Fluoride dosing equipment is currently being installed at the Scamander and Bicheno water treatment plants to enable this to be undertaken.

Fluoridation of water supplies is a public health measure designed to reduce dental caries (tooth decay) and is supported by health authorities across the world. More information about fluoridation is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/water/drinking/mains/fluoride or by calling the DHHS Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

TasWater customers are unlikely to notice any difference in their water once fluoride dosing commences. It will not change either the smell or taste of water supplied through the reticulated network.

Regular monitoring will ensure fluoride levels are in accordance with limits set out in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) and the Tasmanian code of practice for the fluoridation of public water supplies. While the ADWG limit for fluoride levels in drinking water is 1.5mg/L, the water supplies at Bicheno and Scamander will be tested daily to ensure the fluoridation level is between 0.8mg/L and 1.2mg/L.

TasWater will be writing to all residents of Bichenio and Scamander to advise them when fluroide dosing will commence,

More information about the project is available by contacting TasWater on 13 6992.

The Bicheno and Scamander water supply systems will be fluoridated from November 2015 to comply with a direction to TasWater from the Minister for Health.

Fluoride dosing equipment is currently being installed at the Scamander and Bicheno water treatment plants to enable this to be undertaken.

Fluoridation of water supplies is a public health measure designed to reduce dental caries (tooth decay) and is supported by health authorities across the world. More information about fluoridation is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/water/drinking/mains/fluoride or by calling the DHHS Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

TasWater customers are unlikely to notice any difference in their water once fluoride dosing commences. It will not change either the smell or taste of water supplied through the reticulated network.

Regular monitoring will ensure fluoride levels are in accordance with limits set out in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) and the Tasmanian code of practice for the fluoridation of public water supplies. While the ADWG limit for fluoride levels in drinking water is 1.5mg/L, the water supplies at Bicheno and Scamander will be tested daily to ensure the fluoridation level is between 0.8mg/L and 1.2mg/L.

TasWater will be writing to all residents of Bichenio and Scamander to advise them when fluroide dosing will commence,

More information about the project is available by contacting TasWater on 13 6992.

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