(DES MOINES, Iowa) The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces today that 96 community water systems in Iowa have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay.

The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2021.

Fluoridation is one of the best investments a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens. It is estimated that for every dollar a community invests in water fluoridation, more than $20 are saved in dental treatment costs.

“Fluoridation can assist in the prevention of cavities regardless of access to a dental provider,” said Erin Drinnin, Director of the Community Access Division of HHS. “Fluoridation helps all ages and income levels, especially children and families who cannot get regular preventive care or dental treatment."

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. CDC recommends water fluoridation as one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable, and safe measures a community can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health.

Iowa HHS supports CDC-approved fluoridation programs. HHS’s Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems provides information and assistance to community water systems, healthcare professionals, and the public. To see the fluoridation status of Iowa counties and towns, visit the My Water’s Fluoride website at https://nccd.cdc.gov/DOH_MWF.

“I want to congratulate all 96 Iowa water systems for maintaining optimal fluoridation in their community in 2021,” said Drinnin. “You truly are public health servants in your community."


Media Contact

Alex Carfrae, acarfra@dhs.state.ia.us

Program Contact:

Sarah Petersen, sarah.petersen@idph.iowa.gov

List of Community Water Systems in Iowa Receiving Excellence in Fluoridation Awards for 2021

Albert City Municipal Water Supply

Algona Municipal Utilities

Ames Water Treatment Plant

Atlantic Municipal Utilities

Audubon Water Supply

Bellevue Municipal Utilities

Bennett Water Works

Boone Water Works

Carlisle Water Supply

Carroll Municipal Water Supply

Casey Water Supply

Cedar Falls Municipal Water Utilities

Cedar Rapids Water Department

Clarinda Water Plant

Council Bluffs Water Works

Cresco Water Works

Creston Water Supply

Decorah Water Department

Denison Water Supply

Des Moines Water Works

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

Greenfield Municipal Utilities

Griswold Water Supply

Guthrie Center Municipal Water Works

Guttenberg Water Utility

Hampton Municipal Water Works

Harlan Municipal Utilities

Hartley Municipal Water Department

Humboldt Municipal 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

Madrid Water Department

Mahaska Rural Water System, Inc.

Manchester Water Supply

Manilla Municipal Service Department

Manly Water Supply

Marshalltown Water Works

Mason City Water Department

Milford Municipal Utilities

Mitchellville Water Supply

Monona Municipal Water Department

Montezuma Municipal Water Supply

Nevada Water Supply

Newton Water Works

Northwood Water Works

Orange City Municipal Water Department

Osage Municipal Water Supply

Oskaloosa Municipal Water Department

Paullina Municipal Water Supply

Pella Water Works Department

Perry Municipal Water Works

Polk City Water Supply

Postville Water Department

Prairie City Water Works

Rathbun Regional Water Association, Inc.

Red Oak Water Supply

Regional Water

Shelby Water Supply

Sibley Public Water Supply

Sioux City Water Department

Slater Municipal Water Department

Sloan Water Supply

Solon Water Department

Spencer Municipal Water Utility

Spirit Lake Waterworks

Tipton Water Supply

Ventura Water Works

Vinton Municipal Water Department

Wapello Municipal Water Works

Wapello Rural Water Association

Waterloo Water Works

Waukon Water Department

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