Anti-fluoride sentiment in Yanchep
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.”