On Tuesday night, the City Council in Eastborough unanimously passed a resolution requesting the City of Wichita fluoridate its drinking water. Eastborough purchases its water from Wichita and is eager to extend the proven health benefits of fluoridation to its residents.
This vote follows a similar resolution passed unanimously by the Derby on July 10. Derby also purchases its water from Wichita and is the single largest customer of Wichita water.
Dr. Sara Meng, who chairs Wichitans for Healthy Teeth, called the latest city council resolution another sign of the broad, local support for water fluoridation.
“It’s clear that momentum is building in Wichita for water fluoridation,” Meng said. “To date, more than 500 Wichita dentists, physicians and other medical professionals, and nearly 50 community organizations have endorsed water fluoridation. We’ve collected thousands of petition signatures from Wichita residents calling upon the Wichita City Council to take this important public health step to fluoridate the water,” she said.
Fluoride exists naturally in water. Fluoridation occurs when a water system adjusts the fluoride to a level proven to reduce the incidence of tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has praised water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
The resolution approved by Eastborough City Council declares that the municipality “actively endorses and strongly encourages the City of Wichita to fluoridate its municipal drinking water to CDC-recommended levels and commends water fluoridation as a safe, effective and economical public health measure to prevent dental caries in all age groups.”