Press Release: Water New Zealand
Water New Zealand is again calling on the government to make
fluoridation of public water compulsory. The call comes with the
release of a new Australian study, confirming the benefits of
fluoride in drinking water.
The Scientific Research Report published in the International
Dental Journal in June reported on a four year study of five to
seven year olds in three study locations in New South Wales. The
study concluded that the proportions of children free from dental
decay were significantly higher in areas receiving fluoridated
water than in the un-fluoridated area.
"This report is another example of the benefits of fluoride. The
science is settled. It is time for central Government to step up
and take a stand on the issue. It is a matter of public health, not
something to be decided case-by-case by local councils," says John
Pfahlert, CEO of Water New Zealand.
"Rate payers should not be funding an emotional debate fuelled
by conspiracy theorists. Instead, central government needs to show
leadership and take onboard the advice of Ministry of Health
officials and qualified scientists," Mr Pfahlert says.
Water New Zealand, along with many other organistions including
Local Government New Zealand and the NZ Dental Association,
advocate that central Government implement legislation insisting on
nationwide fluoridation of public water supplies.
"The Government has already endorsed the use of fluoride. In
2014 the office of the Prime Ministers Chief Science Advisor issued
a report which conclusively demonstrated the health benefits from
fluoridation at the correct dosage, and that the risks were
This support is based on sound science that fluoride application
rates between 0.7 - 1.0ppm are safe for human health.
Scientific research report - A four year assessment of a new
water-uoridation scheme in New South Wales, Australia:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/idj.12166/abstract