Water supply of Bellingen Shire will be mixed with sodium fluoride from the 1st of December. People residing in the area have already been informed about the development through letters about the commencement day over the previous week.
The development regarding the addition of fluoride in the water supply has been taken as a response to the Department of Health's order to start adding fluoride to the town's water supply. The town council has already finished the construction of two fluoride plants in the town. One of the plants is located in Dorrigo, while the other one is in Bellingen.
The letter sent to the people residing in the town also contains a booklet, which has complete information regarding the benefits of adding fluoride to the water supply. During a meeting of councilors on November 24, they were informed that the NSW DoH had asked the Bellingen Shire Council to add fluoride to the water supply of the town.
The fluoride plants were finished off in the beginning of this year. It was in July this year that an official from the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) had visited the town to examine the plants. It was on the 18th of October this year that the Chief Dental Officer for NSW Health, Dr. Clive Wright had asked the Town Council to commence the fluoridation of the water supply.
Though, there would be the fluoridation of water supply for the town from the 1st of December, 3/4th of the town has apparently opposed the move.