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Sponsored by: Oates <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2010 -015 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, AFFIRMING COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR FLUORIDATION OF <br /> THE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY TO IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH, AND <br /> DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO DETERMINE THE <br /> REQUIREMENTS AND COSTS FOR SAFELY ADDING FLUORIDE TO <br /> THE COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM AND REPORT ON GRANTS AND <br /> OTHER FUNDING SOURCES FOR SUBSIDIZING THOSE COSTS <br /> WHEREAS, the Seward City Council is the governing body of the City of Seward and <br /> recognizes that there is community support for the fluoridation of the City of Seward public water <br /> system; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Seward City Council recognizes that dental tooth decay is a chronic disease <br /> and that community fluoridation is a public health measure that benefits all individuals; and <br /> WHEREAS, fluoridation of community water supplies is supported by numerous <br /> professional heath organizations including the American Public Health Association, American <br /> Dental Association, World Health Organization and the American Medical Association; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has named water fluoridation as <br /> one of the ten greatest public health achievements and in 2005 marked the 60 anniversary of water <br /> fluoridation in the United States; and <br /> WHEREAS, SGS (the City's certified lab) conducted a standard water test aimed at <br /> detecting fluoride levels of 0.1 parts per million and higher on March 9, 2009, and fluoride was not <br /> detected in the Seward City water; and <br /> WHEREAS, the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) established the position that <br /> the optimal concentration for fluoride in the United States should be in the range of 0.7 to 1.2 parts <br /> per million; and <br /> WHEREAS, fluoridation of community water supplies at an optimal level has been shown to <br /> reduce the incidence of tooth decay; and <br /> WHEREAS, community water fluoridation simply adjusts the level of fluoride that occurs <br /> naturally in water to the level considered optimal in helping to protect against tooth decay as shown <br /> in 72.4% of the U.S. population served by public water systems that are optimally fluoridated; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Council of State Governments resolution on community water fluoridation <br /> supports state efforts to provide community water fluoridation; and <br />