Fluoride to be removed from water
FLUORIDE will be thing of the past.
At Tuesday’s council meeting at Eidsvold, North Burnett Regional councillors unanimously voted to discontinue the addition of fluoride to the region’s water supplies.
At the last council meeting for 2012, councillors resolved to talk to their constituents and gauge the community’s view on the issue.
Mayor Don Waugh reminded residents that State Government legislation had stated fluoride must be added to town water supplies and individual councils had no choice but to comply.
But a recent decision to amend this legislation gave councils the option of not adding fluoride to their water supplies.
“We put a motion through to discontinue the addition of fluoride to our water supplies,” Cr Waugh said.
“We will put out notices to inform the public of this decision.
“(But removing fluoride from the water supply) could be up to one month away.”
Cr Waugh said with the high rainwater tank usage across the region, itwas a waste of money.
“The economic argument was with so many using tank water for consumption it made no sense to fluoridate water that was predominantly used for watering lawns or cleaning cars,” he said.
“This reflects the trend of the current State Government in handing power back to local government.”
Fluoride is currently used in the Gayndah, Monto and Mundubbera water supplies.