City seeking funds for fluoride upgrade

Published 11:33 am Thursday, November 18, 2010

In a special called meeting Wednesday, the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, in the absence of South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman, agreed to apply for funding to upgrade the city’s fluoridation equipment.

Public Works Director Bubba Rainer said the Mississippi State Department of Health notified city officials earlier this week of funding available to communities with equipment that is at least 15 years old — and Vicksburg qualifies.

If granted, the health department will evaluate the city’s current equipment and install a new system at no cost, Rainer said. Installation would likely be complete by Aug. 31.

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Fluoride is added to the public water supply to help reduce tooth decay.

The board is scheduled to meet next at 10 a.m. Wednesday.