Public say on fluoride

RESIDENTS are being invited to have their say on plans to add fluoride to water supplies in the Lismore, Ballina and Richmond Valley local government areas.

Rous Water started the public exhibition period this week.

Submissions must be received by 5pm on January 18.

General manager Kyme Lavelle said Rous Water was proposing to build and operate four fluoridation plants.

A review of environmental factors has been prepared and is available for viewing at the Rous Water administration centre in Molesworth Street, Lismore.

Mr Lavelle said that once the exhibition period closed in January, Rous Water would get an independent assessment of all submissions.

He also said an independent party would prepare the determining authority’s report before any decisions were made.

Residents in Casino have been drinking fluoridated water since the start of the year.

The rest of the Richmond Valley – Evans Head, Coraki, Broadwater and Woodburn – is supplied by Rous Water and is affected by the current proposal.

In March, Ballina Shire Council passed a motion to introduce fluoride. A rescission motion was then lodged, but this was voted down.

Byron Shire Council has repeatedly refused to add fluoride to its water supply.

To make a submission on the review of environmental factors, write to Rous Water’s technical services director, Wayne Franklin, at PO Box 230, Lismore, 2480.

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