Marion County

Salem tap water advisory in effect for 2 more weeks

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) -- In an effort to be "proactive," the City of Salem on Sunday announced the tap water advisory will remain in effect "for the next two weeks, while we continue to test and refine new treatment methods."

The announcement comes even though test results received Sunday morning indicate the toxins in the water distribution system are below EPA advisory levels. The advisory could have been lifted, since there has now been 2 consecutive days of below-advisory level results, but city officials decided to use the next 2 weeks to make sure the water is safe for everyone.

In a statement, Salem City Manager Steve Powers said:

“Because we have an active algal bloom in our water source, we’ve decided to be proactive by keeping the drinking water advisory in place – regardless of the results of our sampling – for the next two weeks, while we continue to test and refine new treatment methods.  We’ve heard concerns about the two-day lag between our sampling and receiving results of tests from our lab.  By keeping the drinking water advisory in place, we hope to reduce confusion and give our residents and our water customers the opportunity to take the precautions they feel necessary for their families and their customers."

Powers said residents will continue to get updates throughout this time period. Again, officials stressed the water is safe to drink for "the vast majority of Salem residents." 

 


DO NOT boil the tap water. 
Boiling the water will not destroy cyanotoxins and may increase the toxin levels.

The advisory is in effect for:

Children under 6, pregnant and nursing women, those with compromised immune systems, pre-existing liver conditions, those receiving dialysis, other "sensitive populations," the elderly and pets.

Drinking water provided

Drinking water is being provided to those in need. Salem officials said residents should bring their own clean, sanitary containers to these 24-hour water filling stations:

  • AMF Firebird Lanes, 4303 Center St. NE, Salem
  • Bush's Pasture Park, Mission St. entrance, 600 Mission St. SE, Salem
  • Chemeketa Community College, Brown Parking Lot, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem
  • City of Keizer Civic Center, 4969 Rickman Rd NE, Keizer
  • East Salem Suburban Water District, 3805 La Branch St. SE, Salem (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Former Cheverolet Dealership, 5325 Denver St., Turner
  • Geer Park, 3071 State St., Salem
  • Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1865 Bill Frey Dr, Salem
  • Wallace Marine Park, 200 Glen Creek Rd. NW, Salem
  • Woodmansee Park, 4629 Sunnyside Rd. SE, Salem
  • Woodburn Memorial Transit Center, 2900 Tom Tennant Way, Woodburn (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, beginning at 7 am Monday)
Important phone numbers:

City of Salem Public Works: 503.588.6311
Health information during advisory: 211
Restaurants, public pools, other licensed facilities: 503.588.5108

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this unfolding story.


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