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Nelson City Council directed to fluoridate water

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has made a direction under the Health Act (section 116E) to the Nelson City Council to add fluoride to the Nelson water supply.

Nelson City Council intends to adhere to this directive. In accordance with the Act, Nelson City Council is required to ensure the Nelson supply is fluoridating at the optimal levels by 30 April 2024. The estimated capital cost of introducing fluoridation for Nelson drinking water is $750,000. Nelson City Council will be applying to o Manatū Hauora (the Ministry of Health) for funding to cover this capital cost.

To read more about water fluoridation and read the direction letter to Nelson please go to: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/fluoride-and-oral-health/water-fluoridation/director-general-healths-role-decision-making-fluoridation-drinking-water-supplies