Marion County

Salem water advisory in place 'until we have solution'

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) -- The Salem tap water advisory will remain in effect until at least June 25 while the city continues to test and refine new treatment methods. 

By keeping the advisory in place, the city hopes to reduce confusion, City Manager Steve Powers said. Over the next two weeks, options to treat the water will be tested, including using carbon powder, which could cost up to $2 million. 

Officials on Monday stressed the water is safe to drink for "the vast majority of Salem residents."  

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.

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

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


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