Cohuna Water Treatment Plant - Fluoride Upgrade

> Background

Under Victoria’s Health (Fluoridation) Act 1973 the Department of Health and Human Services has directed us to commence a project at our Cohuna Water Treatment Plant that will add fluoride to the drinking water supply.

This direction has been made with the aim of improving dental health in the Cohuna region.

Notification was sent to Cohuna customers the week commencing Monday 27 August 2018, with further information from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Cohuna drinking water supply is safe to drink and this project will not compromise the safety of the drinking water supply.

Water fluoridation is safe and effective, and is recommended by leading national and international health organisations.

 

> Timeline

A request for tender for the works at the Cohuna Water Treatment Plant is expected in September 2018.

Works are expected to be completed in July 2019, with the Cohuna community to receive a fluoridated water supply soon after.


> Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in rock, air, soil, plants and water. All fresh water and seawater contains some fluoride. Many foods and drinks naturally contain fluoride.

Only a small amount of fluoride is added to the drinking water supply and this level is within the health-based guideline value contained in Safe Drinking Water Guidelines.

Department of Health and Human Services
Water Flouridation - Community Information
(PDF)

Above: the Cohuna Water Treatment Plant water tower

 

> Fluoridation within the Coliban Water region

A number of our water supply networks already receive fluoride as part of the treatment process. This includes the water supplies for Bendigo, Castlemaine, Kyneton and Echuca.

For towns to receive fluoride, Coliban Water must be directed by the Department of Health and Human Services to do so.

 

> Further information on fluoridation

Further information on water fluoridation in Cohuna or Victoria more broadly should be directed to the Department of Health and Human Services on 1800 651 723 or visit www.health.vic.gov.au - Water fluoridation

 

> Further information

Planned works and interruptions page

Cohuna Your Town page

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