Dou­glas to get early in­jec­tion of flu­o­ride

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - RICHARD KOSER

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.

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