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Landers Shute temporary changes to water fluoridation

Seqwater has temporarily suspended water fluoridation at Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant while the asset is being upgraded.

Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant

Seqwater is undertaking a major upgrade at the Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant.

The upgrade, which includes a roof replacement, has required the temporary suspension of water fluoridation.

As a result, fluoride will not be added to drinking water until the work has been completed.

Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant supplies clean drinking water from the Baroon Pocket catchment to taps in homes around the Sunshine Coast.

Queensland Health and Unitywater have been advised of the temporary water fluoridation suspension.

Water fluoridation is the process of adding fluoride to a water source so the level of fluoride in the water reaches the recommended level for optimal dental health.

In South East Queensland, fluoride is added to the water supply at a level of 0.8 milligrams per litre in accordance with the Water Fluoridation Act 2008, Water Fluoridation Regulation 2020 and Water Fluoridation Code of Practice 2013.

The Queensland Department of Health advised that for the relatively short period when there would be no fluoride added to the water supply, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and maintaining a healthy diet will be enough to maintain good dental health. Residents are encouraged to contact their dentist or public dental service for advice if they are concerned.

The plant will continue to supply drinking water to residents around the Sunshine Coast without interruption.  

It is anticipated that fluoride dosing will resume before Christmas this year.

For questions on fluoridated drinking water, phone Queensland Health on 13 432 584. For information about the Landers Shute Treatment Plant project, phone 1800 771 497.

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