The goal of the South Carolina Drinking Water Fluoridation Grant Program is to increase the number of South Carolinians receiving the oral health benefits of optimally fluoridated drinking water. The Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) supports the implementation of drinking water fluoridation in communities served by public water systems through the Drinking Water Fluoridation Grant Program.
The purpose of the South Carolina Drinking Water Fluoridation Grant Program is to provide grants to public water systems to assist them in implementing drinking water fluoridation. The Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Water, will administer federal grant funds to reimburse eligible public water systems for costs involved in implementing drinking water fluoridation. Funding support for the Drinking Water Fluoridation Grant Program is provided from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through Cooperative Agreement.
Fluoridation provides substantial benefits in the prevention of tooth decay. Studies show children who drink optimally fluoridated water have a sixty-six percent (66%) reduction in the incidence of dental caries compared to children who drink water without fluoride. Fluoridation provides the greatest benefit to those who can least afford preventative or restorative dentistry and reduces dental disease, loss of teeth, time away from work or school, and anesthesia-related risks associated with dental treatment. In addition, the preventative protection of water fluoridation lasts throughout one's adult life.
According to the Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most economical way to provide the benefits of optimal levels of fluoride to all residents of a community has been proven to be through water fluoridation. The average cost to provide each resident of a community with fluoridated water is fifty-one cents per year. For every dollar spent on water fluoridation, over fifty dollars will be saved in future dental costs. It costs approximately forty-two dollars to repair one cavity. That same amount can provide optimally fluoridated drinking water to an individual for life.
Public water systems serving residents of the State of South Carolina that do not currently fluoridate their water supplies at the optimum level of 0.8 – 1.2 parts per million, or that are in need of replacing their existing fluoridation equipment to continue fluoridation, are eligible to apply. Applicant’s operation permit and fee status must be in good standing. Applicants may not have any outstanding enforcement actions against them. To be considered for reimbursement, expenses must have been incurred during the grant period: June 30, 2010 through June 15, 2011.
Grant awards will fund the initial purchase, installation, or replacement of fluoridation equipment for public water systems to include feeders, testing equipment, and storage tanks (if applicable). The grant awards may not be used for the purchase of fluoride chemicals, administrative costs, or other indirect costs.
DHEC has allocated a total of $50,000 for the Drinking Water Fluoridation Grant Program for the current fiscal year. Applicants will be evaluated and prioritized on the basis of the completeness of the evaluation; the cost per person to fluoridate the water system; the total percentage (based on the total population served) of rural, low-income and minority population served; and the operational history of the water system
Each application to the Drinking Water Fluoridation Grant Program must contain the following:
Use the information provided herein to develop the application content. Your application must be typewritten, two-sided, double-spaced, and with one inch margins on eight and one-half inch by eleven inch paper. Provide five copies of the completed application, each stapled in the top left corner or bound in a report binder.
Grant applications must be submitted to SCDHEC’s Bureau Water no later than close of business on November 30, 2010. Award notification will be made no later than January 1, 2011.
If my water system is awarded a fluoridation grant, what are we agreeing to?
SCDHEC shall execute a grant agreement with each grantee for the amount awarded. The grantee shall agree to do the following:
If you are interested in applying for a fluoridation grant, please contact the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Water, Drinking Water Fluoridation Program. The Fluoridation Coordinator may be reached by phone at (803) 898-4214, by mail at 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.