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Oswego Receives CDC Award for Water Quality

OSWEGO – The New York State Department of Health recently announced that the city of Oswego has been awarded a Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said the Water Department received the award for maintaining a consistent, optimal level of fluoride in its drinking water supply during the 2014 calendar year.

“The CDC presents this award to water systems that maintain an optimum fluoridation level of .7 mg per liter for 12 consecutive months and consistently report daily and monthly samples to the state Department of Health,” said Huang. “I would like to congratulate the city of Oswego, plant manager Brian Folgherait, and the staff at the Water Treatment Plant on receiving this award for their quality drinking water system. Their efforts have had a positive impact on the public health of the residents they serve in Oswego County.”

Natalie Roy, principal public health sanitarian for the County Health Department, said the city Water Department collected daily samples of fluoride levels and submitted the results every month to the County Health Department.

The city was also required to collect a split sample once a month for analysis by the plant operator and a certified environmental lab.

Studies show that fluoride prevents the formation or progression of dental cavities.

Daily and frequent exposure to small amounts of fluoride has been accepted as a safe, effective and inexpensive method of preventing tooth decay.

“Water fluoridation is one of the most effective steps a community can take to prevent tooth decay and promote oral health,” said Huang. “Our continued use of fluoride in municipal drinking water, combined with good self-care practices, such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, is credited for a significant reduction in tooth decay. It is particularly important to teach these habits to our children as they build healthy routines that they will carry throughout their lives.”

To learn more about the water fluoridation program or healthy dental practices, visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at www.nyhealth.gov/prevention/dental or www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/water/drinking

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