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The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced that 94 community water systems in Iowa have been awarded Water Fluoridation Quality Awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award recognizes water systems that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2020. A total of 1,292 public water systems in 29 states received the award.

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing cavities. Community water fluoridation is recognized by the CDC as one of the great 20th century public health achievements. “It is exciting to have 94 Iowa water systems recognized on a national level for their commitment to oral health,” stated Dr. Bob Russell, dental director for the Iowa Department of Public Health. “I congratulate
all of the community water systems for their efforts to provide safe, dependable drinking water to our communities--including helping to prevent cavities using water fluoridation.”

2020 Iowa Awardees
Adel Municipal Water Works
Albert City Municipal Water Supply
Algona Municipal Utilities
Atlantic Municipal Utilities
Audubon Water Supply
Bellevue Municipal Utilities
Bennett Water Works
Boone Water Works
Britt Water Works
Burlington Municipal Water Works
Carlisle Water Supply
Casey Water Supply
Cedar Falls Municipal Water Utilities
Council Bluffs Water Works
Cresco Water Works
Creston Water Supply
Decorah Water Department
Denison Water Supply
Des Moines Water Works
Dexter Water Supply
Durant Water Supply
Eagle Grove Water Supply
Eddyville Municipal Water Department
Eldridge Water Supply
Elk Horn Municipal Water Works
Emmetsburg Municipal Water Department
Estherville Water Treatment Plant
Forest City Water Supply
Fort Madison Municipal Water Works
Garner Water Works
Glenwood Municipal Utilities
Glidden Water Supply
Griswold Water Supply
Guthrie Center Municipal Water Works
Hampton Municipal Water Works
Harlan Municipal Utilities
Hawarden Water Supply
Hiawatha Water Department
Huxley Water Works Department
Iowa American Water Co., Clinton District
Iowa American Water Co., Davenport District
Iowa City Water Department
Iowa Falls Water Department
Iowa Lakes Regional Water
Jefferson Water Department
Kalona Water Department
Keokuk Municipal Water Works
Lake Mills Municipal Water Department
Lamoni Municipal Utilities
Leon Water Supply
Logan Water Plant
Lone Tree Municipal Water System
Madrid Water Department
Mahaska Rural Water System, Inc.
Malvern Water Supply
Manchester Water Supply
Manilla Municipal Service Department
Maquoketa Municipal Water
Marshalltown Water Works
Mason City Water Department
Milford Municipal Utilities
Minden Water Supply
Mitchellville Water Supply
Nevada Water Supply
Newton Water Works
Orange City Municipal Water Department
Osage Municipal Water Supply
Osceola Water Works
Oskaloosa Municipal Water Department
Paullina Municipal Water Supply
Pella Water Works Department
Perry Municipal Water Works
Rathbun Regional Water Association, Inc.
Red Oak Water Supply
Regional Water
Rock Valley Water Supply
Scranton Water System
Shelby Water Supply
Sibley Public Water Supply
Sioux City Water Department
Slater Municipal Water Department
Sloan Water Supply
Solon Water Department
Spirit Lake Waterworks
Tama Water Supply
Tipton Water Supply
Van Meter Municipal Water Works
Ventura Water Works
Waterloo Water Works
Waverly Water Department
West Central Iowa Rural Water Assn., Boyer
West Central Iowa Rural Water Assn., Nishnabotna
Winterset Municipal Water Works
Xenia Rural Water District - Woodward

“Water fluoridation is one of the best investments that a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens. It is equally as effective in preventing cavities in children and adults,” stated Casey Hannan, MPH, director for the CDC Division of Oral Health. “Fluoridation is also highly cost effective. Studies continue to show that for every $1 a community invests in water fluoridation, $20 are saved in dental treatment costs.”

The CDC recommends water fluoridation as one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable, and safe measures a community can take to prevent cavities and improve oral health. Community Water Fluoridation is supported by the American Cancer Society, American Dental Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Water Works Association, and over 100 national and international organizations as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing cavities in children and adults. Both Healthy People 2030 and Healthy Iowans 2021 have set goals to increase the number of people receiving optimally fluoridated water.

The Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems at IDPH monitors the fluoride levels of Iowa communities and provides information and assistance to water supply professionals, healthcare professionals, and the public. IDPH supports CDC-approved fluoridation programs. To find the fluoridation status of Iowa counties and towns, visit My Water’s Fluoride here: