Fluoridation

Fluoridation Questions & Answers Fluoridation Questions & Answers - Release Date 11-Dec-2012: - Queensland councils impacted by the recent fluoridation legislation were given an opportunity to raise questions around the recent changes and Queensland Health agreed to provide responses. This is the compiled list of questions and responses. Please keep qldwater informed of your intentions so that we may look at possible opportunities around the disposal of chemicals, plant and equipment among members. (293KB)

29 November 2012. Latest Fluoridation Update  -  Legislative changes made today by the Newman Government will restore local control of fluoride management across Queensland.  Amendments were made to the South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 meaning more choice for communities in managing fluoride. Under the amendments there is an opportunity for local governments to consider what is in the best interests of their community and move to opt out of fluoridation in the future.  See eFlash #185 for further information.

Background

On 5 December 2007, the Premier announced that fluoridation of public water supplies (supporting populations of over 1,000 people and indigenous communities) was to become mandatory across Queensland. Shortly afterwards, qldwater  initiated a program of activities to assist members with the transition to fluoridation and to ensure effective ongoing operations and maintenance of the systems including contributing to the State Fluoridation Technical Committee and creating an industry expert panel to inform the fluoridation program. 

Water fluoridation has long been accepted as a cost-effective solution for improving oral health in communities, with a significant amount of scientific evidence to support it.  However, in November 2012, following sustained pressure from the anti-fluoride lobby, the State Government effectively handed responsibility for decisions on fluoridation back to local communities.  qldwater had strongly advocated for appropriate consultation in 2007, however the decision to finally do so after many millions of dollars had been invested in infrastructure can only be described as irresponsible.

In early 2014, the approach to fluoridation across the State has been mixed.  In South East Queensland, the water grid has meant that any local government whose community wishes to remove fluoride from their treated water supply must bear the significant cost for changes to infrastructure to make that possible.  There is no sunset clause in the legislation, but no council has sought to make this change. 

Elsewhere in the State, Councils have either elected to cease or retain dosing through varying degrees of public consultation.

The best current source of information for the community on fluoridation is the Department of Health website.  Other member resources are detailed below.

qldwater Documents on fluoridation:

Other links

General Documents

eFlash #186 - 11 December 2012 eFlash #186 - 11 December 2012 - Release Date 11-Dec-2012: - 1. Fluoridation. | 2. Important - Laboratory Services and the Queensland Water Directory. | (29KB)

Fluoridation Questions & Answers Fluoridation Questions & Answers - Release Date 11-Dec-2012: - Queensland councils impacted by the recent fluoridation legislation were given an opportunity to raise questions around the recent changes and Queensland Health agreed to provide responses. This is the compiled list of questions and responses. Please keep qldwater informed of your intentions so that we may look at possible opportunities around the disposal of chemicals, plant and equipment among members. (293KB)

eFlash #185 - 30 November 2012 eFlash #185 - 30 November 2012 - Release Date 05-Dec-2012: - 1. Fluoride Bill - Important Legislative Changes. | (34KB)

eFlash #182 - 17 October 2012 eFlash #182 - 17 October 2012 - Release Date 17-Oct-2012: - 1. Fluoridation. | (31KB)

eFlash #179 - 3 October 2012 eFlash #179 - 3 October 2012 - Release Date 10-Oct-2012: - 1. Fluoridation. | 2. Update on ERA63 Streamlining. | 3. IWC Water Leadership Program. | (30KB)

eFlash #171 - 5 July 2012 eFlash #171 - 5 July 2012 - Release Date 09-Jul-2012: - 1. Fluoridation News. | (26KB)

eFlash #165 - 5 June 2012 eFlash #165 - 5 June 2012 - Release Date 05-Jun-2012: - 1. Post Election Announcements Affecting Water and Sewerage Edition 4. | 2. Water Utility 'Big Data' Round Tables - Brisbane 28 June. | 3. Fluoridation Information Now More Accessible via Queensland Health. | 4. New Coal Seam Gas Workshop and Courses. | (36KB)

Care and Maintenance of Fluoride Ion Selective Electrodes Care and Maintenance of Fluoride Ion Selective Electrodes - Release Date 24-Apr-2012: - Queensland Health Scientific Services has released a new procedure to help operators clean and preserve sensors used as part of the fluoridation dosing and monitoring process. Thanks to Dr Henry Olszowy for preparing this practical procedure. | (188KB)

eFlash #161 - 24 April 2012 eFlash #161 - 24 April 2012 - Release Date 24-Apr-2012: - 1. Water Connections Week 30 April - 4 May. | 2. Technical Reference Group Discussion Topics - 20 April Meeting. | 3. Queensland Health Fluoridation Procedure - Care and Maintenance of Fluoride Ion Selective Electrodes. | 4. IPWEAQ Excellence Awards. | 5. Scholarships Now Open - IWC Water Leadership Program. | (38KB)

Transportable and Demountable Fluoridation Sheds Transportable and Demountable Fluoridation Sheds - Release Date 25-Oct-2011: - (2360KB)

e Flash #142 - 28 October 2011 e Flash #142 - 28 October 2011 - Release Date 28-Oct-2011: - 1. Consistency in Fluoridation Design. | (30KB)

On-line Fluoride Monitors Factsheet On-line Fluoride Monitors Factsheet - Release Date 25-Oct-2011: - The Queensland Water Fluoridation Act and Regulation require determination of fluoride concentration on a daily basis. On-line fluoride analysers can provide accurate and reliable measurement of fluoride concentration provided that analysers are calibrated, serviced and maintained in accordance with the equipment supplier's operating handbook. (319KB)

Fluoridation Operations and Maintenance Manual (Qld) Fluoridation Operations and Maintenance Manual (Qld) - Release Date 03-Dec-2010: - Outlines procedures and information to comply with the requirements of the fluoridation legislative framework. Includes background information for operators not familiar with fluoride complementing the NWP 276A training unit. Appendices include templates for plant design, operations control, standard operating procedures, safety, example calculations, trouble-shooting, routine inspections and maintenance schedules. | Free member download. | Modifiable Template. | To Buy (3808KB)

e Flash #96 - 3 November 2010 e Flash #96 - 3 November 2010 - Release Date 03-Nov-2010: - 1. Water Fluoridation Code of Practice. | 2. National Water Industry Workforce Development Audit (Operational Staff). | (30KB)

e Flash #94 - 21 October 2010 e Flash #94 - 21 October 2010 - Release Date 21-Oct-2010: - 1. Revised Water Fluoridation Code of Practice. | 2. Queensland Conservation Business Breakfast - 'Why is Recycling a Dirty Word?' | 3. Negotiating the Gender Divide. | 4. Sewer and Manhole Rehabilitation. | (32KB)

Fluoridation Code of Practice (Sept 2010) Fluoridation Code of Practice (Sept 2010) - Release Date 21-Oct-2010: - The Queensland Health Water Quality Unit released a revised Water Fluoridation Code of Practice in late 2010 (see e Flash #94 which lists the principal changes) that ntroduces some key improvements to the previous CoP. | Free member download. | QHealth document that may be superseded. | (577KB)

Description of capital roll-out program for fluoridation Description of capital roll-out program for fluoridation - Release Date 11-Nov-2008: - Letter to Service Providers from Implementation Project Management Group (Cardno-Beca) that was sent to Council CEO's and Mayors on 10 November 2008 providing an overview of how to access the Fluroidation Capital Assistance Program. | Free member download. | Third Party document that may be superseded. | (44KB)

QFCAP (Fluoridation Assistance) process diagram QFCAP (Fluoridation Assistance) process diagram - Release Date 11-Nov-2008: - Fluoridation Capital Assistance Program process diagram that was sent to Council CEO's and Mayors on 10 November 2008. The flow diagram gives an overview of the support and functions provided by the IPMG (Implementation Program Management Group). | Free member download. | DLGP document that may be superseded. | (225KB)

A - Water Fluoridation Regulation Draft A - Water Fluoridation Regulation Draft - Release Date 31-Oct-2008: - A working Draft of the Water Fluoridation Regulation and there are a number of provisions within the draft which Queensland Health is aware will need more work prior to the draft being finalised. Provided for comment by Queensland Service Providers. (237KB)

B - Water Fluoridation Code of Practice B - Water Fluoridation Code of Practice - Release Date 31-Aug-2008: - The Water Fluoridation Code of Practice Draft was sent out to Councils from Queensland Health in mid 2008. The document was made available to qldwater members to provide comments. This document is attached for your feedback. (1386KB)

Fluoridation Chemical Fact Sheet Fluoridation Chemical Fact Sheet - Release Date 01-Apr-2008: - qldwater created this Factsheet to assist members in selecting among the three main chemicals used in fluoridation of Water supplies. It provides information on the three main fluoridation methodologies including a comparison of chemical types, risks and long-term costs. | Free member download. | (269KB)

ARCHIVE - Fluoridation Chapter - Excerpt from qldwater WTP Manual 2007 ARCHIVE - Fluoridation Chapter - Excerpt from qldwater WTP Manual 2007 - Release Date 04-Jan-2008: - qldwater distributed copies of the Water Treatment Plant Manual to our members in 2007 but soon after mandatory fluoridation was introduced by the State Government. As an interim measure, this fluoridation chapter of the WTP Manual was circulated to provide timely information essential to ongoing management of WTP's across the State. | Archive only. | Free member download. | (253KB)

ARCHIVE - Fluoridation Assistance Program (QFAP) ARCHIVE - Fluoridation Assistance Program (QFAP) - Release Date 29-Jun-2007: - The Queensland Fluoridation Assistance Program started in 2006, with the then Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation providing $6 million in funding for communities of more than 5000 planning to fluoridate their water supplies. | Free members download. | Archive only. | (382KB)

Background Information and Links on Fluoridation in Qld Background Information and Links on Fluoridation in Qld - Release Date 29-Jun-2007: - Background information collated for member's use in explaining the context of fluoridation and providing links to further websites. | Free member download. | (94KB)