The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency awarded 448 community water systems for keeping up state-mandated fluoride levels for every month in 2012.
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has long acknowledged the public benefits of fluoridation of water systems," said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. "Drinking fluoridated water from birth can reduce tooth decay by 40 to 65 percent."
Over 150 of those awarded during this year's Illinois Section American Water Works Association Conference and Expo have met standards of 0.9 to 1.2 parts per million for at least ten consecutive years. One has met the standards for at least thirty years.
In addition to those awarded, 84 other communities got honorable mentions for meeting the standards for 11 months out of the year.
In Winnebago County, the following community water systems were honored:
The following Winnebago County systems received honorable mentions: