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Relationship to the Strategic Plan / Health Impact Assessment
Providing fluoridated drinking water supports the ‘Quality of Life and Place’ pillar of the Corporate Strategic Plan by providing a program or service designed to improve the health and well-being of our youth, families and seniors.
Report SummaryThis report provides information regarding the current state of fluoridation of CGS municipal water supplies including the financial implications of adding fluoride. The report also provides context on the public health benefits of fluoridation and fluoridation issues in other municipalities.
Funds required for adding fluoride to the water supply are included within the operating and capital budgets.
Operationally, costs vary from year to year given the changes in production rates and maintenance requirements but range in the order of $100,000 to $120,000 annually. These costs include purchasing chemical, operational and maintenance labour, parts and materials, as well as medical surveillance for staff. Operational costs are integrated into budget submissions.
There are twelve sites that are in need of fluoride isolation rooms, with a total estimated cost of $4.0 million. The first phase of the design and tendering of five of these fluoride units is underway. Funding for this phase has been set aside in the previous capital budgets for Well Building Upgrades. Future capital budgets for Well Building Upgrades are forecasted to include the balance of funding for the remaining fluoride units. The estimated timeframe for the completion of all twelve sites is six years