Douglas to get early injection of fluoride
MOSSMAN’S water may eventually have the chlorine removed, but by then residents will have to contend with fluoride in the water.
Work began earlier this month on a state-mandated “fluoride implementation project”, costing $801,000 at Mossman and $633,000 at Whyanbeel.
The State Government, which has mandated the introduction of fluoride across the state, is paying for the fluoride injection.
Installation of the fluoride injectors is expected to be complete by the end of November 2010, one month ahead of the deadline for fluoride to be added to the region’s water supply.
“It’s totally disappointing,” Friends of Douglas Shire spokesman Robert Hanan said.
“I met the recently-retired chief water scientist for Germany a couple of weeks ago.
“Cities like Berlin and Hamburg don’t have any chlorine, and in fact it’s totally illegal to put chemicals in the water.”
Mr Hanan, the newest member of the Douglas Community Water Reference Group, said he was surprised the State Government was insisting on the introduction of fluoride when it would benefit a small number of people.
“It’s a ridiculous amount of money to spend on something that only affects a small portion of the community,” he said.
“They’re talking about improved dental health, but at what cost?
“There’s fluoride in toothpaste, and tablets available, if you want to give them to your children.
“And how much water do we actually drink, compared to what we use to wash the car and water the garden? Less than one per cent, I would think.”
The Mossman plant provides water to Port Douglas as well as to Mossman.