Spartanburg Water awarded for 50 years of fluoridation

July 02, 2019

The prevention of tooth decay through community water fluoridation is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the top 10 health achievements of the Twentieth Century. Fluoridation is a practice Spartanburg Water has long implemented, and we are proud to announce we are now a recipient of the 2018 Community Water Fluoridation 50 Year Award.

The 2018 Community Water Fluoridation 50 Year Award is given jointly by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recognize public water systems that have consistently adjusted the fluoride concentration in drinking water for the past 50 years, starting in 1968.

“We are happy to receive this milestone achievement award from our public health partners, and we recognize the ongoing importance of providing safe, high-quality water to our community,” said Ken Tuck, Drinking Water Treatment Manager.

Despite the great strides made to improve the oral health of children, tooth decay is still the most common chronic childhood disease. If dental problems go untreated, they can lead to serious, long-term illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Through the fluoridation of our drinking water, Spartanburg Water aims to give children – and adults – a better chance at good oral health.