SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The City of Salem said infants, young children and other vulnerable individuals should not drink the tap water because low levels of toxins from algae blooms have been found in the treated water.
The advisory comes after the Oregon Health Authority detected toxic blue-green algae in Detroit Lake, which is the source of the city’s water.
The advisory applies to City of Salem, City of Turner, Suburban East Salem Water District and Orchard Heights Water Association.
Residents in the city should use bottled water for drinking, making infant formula , making ice and preparing food and beverages. The City of Salem said the next update will be Thursday, May 31.
> Levels of toxins have been detected in City of Salem that supplies water to City of Salem, City of Turner, Suburban East Salem Water District, and Orchard Heights Water Association.
> Children under the age of six, people with compromised immune systems, people receiving dialysis treatment, people with pre-existing liver conditions, pets, pregnant women or nursing mothers, or other sensitive populations should follow this advisory. At this time, people not on this list may continue to drink the water unless additional messaging is received. Please visit CityofSalem.net for the most up to date information.
> City of Salem is continuing to adjust treatment operations to reduce concentrations of cyanotoxins as quickly as possible.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Inside the Salem-Keizer School District Emergency command center– they tell me they have 100,000 water bottles, enough to last them the rest of the week providing it to students of all grades pic.twitter.com/0cQKtCQEp1— Trevor Ault (@TrevorKOIN) May 30, 2018