The Metro Utility Department was honored recently by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation for its “consistent and professional adjustment of the water fluoride content to the optimum level of oral health for 12 consistent months.”
The Center for Disease Control recognizes water systems that achieve optimal fluoridation levels for all 12 months each year with its annual Quality Award.
The CDC’s Water Fluoridation Quality Awards annually recognize water systems that consistently adjust water fluoride to optimum levels. For an adjusted water system to be eligible for this award, the state must have documented in the Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS) that the adjusted fluoride level for the water system was in the optimal range for all 12 months in a calendar year.
Trends show increased use of WFRS as a regular management tool — the number of states having water systems earning the CDC Quality Award has increased steadily over the last eight years.
This is the first time that Moore County has received the WFRS Quality Award, which was given to Lynchburg for its achievements during the 2011 calendar year.
“It’s really the guys at the water plant, that’s who’s responsible for this award. Gene (Johnson), J.R. (Throneberry) and Ken Ward … without them we wouldn’t have received the award,” said Metro Utility Department manager Rick Garland. “They feed it (in) down there at the plant. That’s how they achieve those numbers.”
The award was announced at the board’s January meeting.
Read the complete story in this week’s (Jan. 31) print edition of The Moore County News. (Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition of The Moore County News)
By ROBERT HOLMAN (Robert Holman is the editor of the Moore County News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)