Fluoridation


Frequently Asked Questions


Why would ENWIN/WUC reintroduce fluoride back into our water supply?
The recommendation to reintroduce fluoride was provided to Windsor’s City Council and to County Council, by our local Windsor Essex County Health Unit, as a method to improve Oral Health. Many municipalities do add fluoride to their water supply, and this is allowed under provincial regulation.  Decisions of this kind are made by the elected officials of the municipalities that receive our water. WUC’s responsibility, through the staff of ENWIN, is the safe operation, treatment and distribution of drinking water in accordance with all applicable legislation and regulation, and we are responsible to take the appropriate steps necessary to implement this decision.  

How long would it be after the by-law is passed, before the Fluoride would be reintroduced to the water supply?
This is a complicated process. Our first priorities are always the safety of our water system and our customers, as well as adherence to all legislative requirements for a water supply. There is a long list of regulatory and safety conditions and tests that we would have to satisfy before Fluoride is added to the water supply, which could take quite some time to complete.  As part of this we would need to perform treatability studies to ensure that there are no ill effects on our treatment process and WUC will need to allocate the funds required to install equipment for the addition of fluoride into our treatment system.   

When will fluoride be reintroduced to the water system?
Given that the by-law has not yet been passed, we have not yet developed an exact timeline. The initial estimated timeline is approximately 18 months. Our water department is already investigating what is needed to implement the fluoridation, so that we will be better able to move forward, if the resolution passed at council is passed as a by-law.

Will the current Phosphoric Acid and Chlorine in our drinking water combine well with Fluoride?
We are taking time to do the testing, to ensure that all three combine well, before implementing this.

What happened to the equipment used in the past for fluoridation?
This equipment has been used for other aspects of the water treatment in the intervening years.   

How can I get information?
All questions regarding the Fluoride decision by Windsor City Council on December 17, 2018, should be addressed to the City of Windsor. If you call 311, they can direct you to the appropriate party.