CDA Foundation provides funds to Santa Clara for community water fluoridation
SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: The California Dental Association Foundation approved $500,000 from its restricted fluoridation funds to be used to support a new Santa Clara Valley Water District community water fluoridation system. The entire system will cost $6.6 million, and the CDA Foundation, along with $1 million from The Health Trust and $900,000 from First 5 Santa Clara County, are contributing to this project.
CDAF’s funds will go toward actual construction costs.
“This is the largest community in the country that isn’t providing fluoridated drinking water. The CDA Foundation approved this funding because it is a great public-private partnership that will benefit the oral health of residents,” said Don Rollofson, DMD, chair of the CDA Foundation. “Fluoridated water is proven to be safe and effective in reducing cavities in children by up to 40 percent.”
The CDA Foundation applauds the work that the Santa Clara Valley Water District has done for the past two years as well as its Dec. 18 vote to authorize the water district to negotiate agreements with the three agencies that are providing funding.
CDA and the CDA Foundation have a long history of supporting water fluoridation and will continue their efforts to ensure more communities across California reach optimal levels of fluoride in their water supplies.
Before CDA sponsored legislation requiring fluoridation in communities with appropriate funding in the early 1990s, only 17 percent of California’s population benefitted from fluoridated water.
“In the past decade, the number of Californians receiving fluoridated water has nearly quadrupled, and today, 62.5 percent of the state’s population receives the benefits of fluoride,” said CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS.
(Source: California Dental Association Foundation)