Several communities in the Raccoon Valley Radio-listening area have been awarded Water Fluoridation Quality Awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced the water systems receiving the award Thursday, including the cities of Casey, Dexter, Perry, Scranton, Guthrie Center, Greenfield, and Jefferson. Community fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, which involves the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. This award recognizes the communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking water throughout 2019.