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Fluoridation of the Port Macquarie-Hastings district water supply commenced in February 2012.

Fluoride is added to Council's water supply to achieve a concentration of 1mg/litre (1ppm) +/- 5% (the allowable range is 0.95ppm to 1.05ppm).  The fluoride agent used has undergone safety analysis and certification.  NSW Health regulates the addition of fluoride to water supplies through the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1957 and the NSW Code of Practice for Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies 2011.

Reticulated water supplies at the rural villages of Comboyne, Long Flat and Telegraph Point are not provided with fluoridated water.

Monitoring fluoride levels in the water supply

In accordance with the NSW Code of Practice for Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies 2011, monitoring of fluoride levels in the water supply is completed on a weekly basis.   

The results below show the average weekly fluoride levels (ppm) in the reticulated water supply at sites in Wauchope, Camden Haven, Port Macquarie and at the Port Macquarie Dam for week ending 24 January 2021:

Zone Average Weekly Fluoride Concentration (mg L-1)
Wauchope (4 sites)  0.13
Port Macquarie (4 sites)  0.19
Camden Haven (5 sites)   0.19
Port Macquarie Dam   0.18
Operating the fluoridation plant

All Council water treatment operators are qualified and approved by NSW Health to operate the fluoridation plant.  The plant is attended daily for operational monitoring, water sampling and testing of fluoride content as required by the NSW Fluoridation Code of Practice.

Fluoridation Legal Advice - update

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 19 June 2019, Council resolved to make the  legal advice3MB pdf(PDF, 3MB) relating to fluoridation available to the public.

On 15 July 2019, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) published a media release relating to regulatory amendments regarding fluoridation of the water supply. The Therapeutic Goods  Amendment (Excluded Goods) Determination579KB pdf(PDF, 579KB) 2019 has added ‘fluoridated reticulated drinking water’ to a list of goods which are specifically excluded from the operation of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (‘TG Act’). The mechanism by which this is done is set out in the  Explanatory Statement520KB pdf(PDF, 520KB).

Following Council's previous legal advice, a further due diligence legal exercise on the effect of the Amendment Determination has been completed, which has formed the view there is no longer a conflict between Council’s obligations under the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Act 1957 and the provisions of the TG Act or the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966.

For further information please contact NSW Health at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/fluoridation.aspx

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This page was last updated on: 02 February 2021