Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (216)

Clare Daly

Question:

216. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the number of water treatment plants that have fluoridation systems installed here; the number that are planned in future programmes of works; and the cost of installation, operation and maintenance since programme commenced [21612/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies Act) 1960 provides for the fluoridation of public water supplies. At present fluoridation facilities are installed in approximately 250 water treatment plants nationally. Water treatment plants developed in the future will also have such facilities. The total cost of fluoridation since it began in 1964 is not readily available. Annual expenditure in recent years which includes operational costs, capital costs and the supply of hydrofluorosilicic acid has been in the region of €3.5 million - €4 million.