DES MOINES | Eight Northwest Iowa communities have been awarded Water Fluoridation Quality Awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced Monday.

Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2016.

Northwest Iowa recipients of the honor include: Hartley, Ida Grove, Orange City, Paullina, Sibley, Sloan, Spirit Lake and Terril.

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