Anti-flu­o­ride sen­ti­ment in Yanchep

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

YANCHEP tapped into Perth’s main flu­o­ri­dated wa­ter sup­ply sev­eral weeks ago.

A Health Depart­ment spokes­woman con­firmed this month that flu­o­ri­da­tion of the sub­urb’s drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply started in De­cem­ber.

Yanchep res­i­dent Me­lanie Wal­dron said she felt “bit­terly let down” that the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion had not made a pub­lic an­nounce­ment when the flu­o­ri­da­tion would take place.

She said peo­ple were away or dis­tracted by fes­tiv­i­ties when the process started be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

“Dozens of very con­cerned com­mu­nity mem­bers phoned for a date only to be fobbed off by Wa­ter Corp to the Health Dept, each say­ing it was down to the other to let us know when flu­o­ri­da­tion would com­mence,” she said.

The depart­ment’s spokes­woman said there had been com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion since 2011, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion ses­sions, me­dia re­leases, a postal sur­vey, in­for­ma­tion on the depart­ment’s web­site and me­dia cov­er­age.

“A statu­tory ad­ver­tise­ment is also sched­uled to be pub­lished in early Fe­bru­ary, along with ad­vice to lo­cal den­tists and med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers,” she said.

“Wa­ter flu­o­ri­da­tion is an im­por­tant, cost-ef­fec­tive pub­lic health mea­sure which plays a crit­i­cal role in re­duc­ing den­tal de­cay and im­prov­ing oral health.

“Flu­o­ri­da­tion of wa­ter is backed by au­thor­i­ta­tive health re­search agen­cies and gov­ern­ment bod­ies in Aus­tralia and world­wide, in­clud­ing the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Na­tional Health and Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil.”

The spokes­woman said more than 90 per cent of WA’s pop­u­la­tion had re­ceived flu­o­ri­dated wa­ter for more than 40 years but Yanchep had pre­vi­ously been sup­plied from a lo­cal bore not linked to the met­ro­pol­i­tan wa­ter sup­ply.

“Due to pop­u­la­tion growth in the area, the Yanchep wa­ter sup­ply has been up­graded, and plant equip­ment to al­low flu­o­ri­da­tion was also in­cor­po­rated,” she said.

“Wa­ter flu­o­ri­da­tion is not cur­rently planned for Two Rocks, which has a sep­a­rate wa­ter sup­ply to Yanchep.”

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