Thursday , 8 December 2016

DHS Announces Water Fluoridation Award Winners

Each year, many state drinking water programs and professional associations related to the drinking water industry have quality award programs.  Many water utilities strive to qualify for these awards.  Earning these awards represents a high level of operator care and accomplishment.  To support state water fluoridation programs and recognize water treatment facilities that are doing an outstanding job of providing a consistent level of fluoride in the water supply, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes public water systems that achieve optimal fluoridation levels with an annual Water Fluoridation Quality Award.  The Wisconsin Oral Health Program is pleased to announce that 68 public water supplies in Wisconsin have been recognized with a  Water Fluoridation Quality Award. 

For a water system to be eligible, its performance must be documented by the state in the Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS).  CDC issues the certificates annually to state oral health programs, which are responsible for distributing the award certificates to the recipient communities.  These awards are important to community water systems because they provide CDC recognition for meeting high water quality standards that water systems can promote in their consumer communications.

For those systems that adjust fluoride levels, the Wisconsin Oral Health Program reviews monthly operating reports that have been submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The reports are evaluated to identify those water systems that meet strict standards for accuracy in water fluoride treatment, daily monitoring and reporting.  The information from these reports is entered into WFRS and used to identify systems that qualify for the Water Fluoridation Quality Award.

Award Criteria

Adequate Daily Samples

Sample required to be taken daily

Must be optimally fluoridating for 12 months within a year

75% of daily samples must be in the recommended optimal operating range

Optimal Fluoride Concentration Control Range

Optimal fluoride concentration is 0.7 mg/L

Monthly average is a minimum of 0.7 mg/L

Lowest optimal concentration is 0.6 mg/l

Highest optimal concentration is 0.8 mg/L

Adequate Split Samples

Monthly split sample must be submitted to WSLH 12 months out of the year

Operator and lab split sample results must correlate

Split +/- tolerance is 0.20 mg/L

To be eligible for the awards, all monthly data must be entered into WFRS by the first of March each year.  Data that is entered after March 15 will not be used when considering eligibility to receive these awards.

The following public water supplies have received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award:

ARCADIA WATER UTILITY
CITY OF BELOIT WATER RESOURCE
BENTON WATERWORKS
BLACK RIVER FALLS WATERWORKS
VILLAGE OF BONDUEL
CHILTON WATERWORKS
COLBY WATER DEPARTMENT
COLUMBUS WATER & LIGHT DEPARTMENT
COTTAGE GROVE WATERWORKS
CROSS PLAINS WATERWORKS
CUBA CITY WATERWORKS
DICKEYVILLE WATERWORKS
DODGEVILLE WATERWORKS
ELK MOUND WATERWORKS
GLENWOOD CITY WATERWORKS
HAYWARD WATER UTILITY
HORTONVILLE WATER UTILITY
KENOSHA WATER UTILITY
LADYSMITH WATERWORKS
LAKE GENEVA UTILITY COMMISSION
LANCASTER WATERWORKS
CITY OF LOYAL
MARATHON CITY WATERWORKS
MARINETTE WATER UTILITY
MAYVILLE WATERWORKS
MELLEN WATER UTILITY
MENOMONEE FALLS WATERWORKS
MERRILL WATERWORKS
CITY OF MONDOVI
MONTELLO WATERWORKS
MORRISONVILLE SANITARY DISTRICT #1
MUSCODA WATERWORKS
NEILLSVILLE WATERWORKS
NEW HOLSTEIN WATERWORKS
OAK CREEK WATER & SEWER UTILITY
OREGON WATERWORKS
TOWN OF ALGOMA SANITARY DISTRICT
PARK FALLS WATERWORKS
CITY OF PESHTIGO
PHILLIPS WATERWORKS
PLYMOUTH UTILITIES
PORTAGE WATERWORKS
PRESCOTT WATERWORKS
RIVER FALLS WATERWORKS
ROCK SPRINGS WATERWORKS
SAUK CITY WATERWORKS
SAUKVILLE WATERWORKS
SCHOFIELD WATERWORKS
SHULLSBURG WATERWORKS
SOUTH WAYNE WATERWORKS
WHITING WATERWORKS
STEVENS POINT WATERWORKS
VILLAGE OF STRUM
STURGEON BAY WATERWORKS
CITY OF TOMAHAWK
VERONA WATERWORKS
VESPER WATERWORKS
WATERTOWN WATERWORKS
RIB MOUNTAIN SANITARY DISTRICT
WESTON WATERWORKS
WISCONSIN DELLS WATERWORKS EAST
WISCONSIN DELLS WATERWORKS WEST
BIRON WATER UTILITY
VILLAGE OF WONEWOC

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