Water samples taken on Wednesday, June 20 show cyanotoxins in the drinking water distribution system are below EPA Health Advisory guidelines. Results from the most recent data will be available on the City’s website at www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/water-quality-test-data.aspx.
Salem’s Drinking Water Advisory applies to vulnerable populations including:
- Children under the age of six
- People with compromised immune systems or pre-existing liver conditions
- People receiving dialysis treatment, or other sensitive populations
- The elderly
- Pregnant women or nursing mothers
We are still learning about how changing conditions at Detroit Reservoir may impact the cyanotoxin levels in our drinking water. As we learn more, we are refining our approaches to ensuring safe water and detecting toxins earlier.
Earlier this week we were reminded of the impact of ever-changing conditions within our current water source when we saw one day of test results above EPA guidelines for vulnerable populations after 11 days of clean sampling, and then on the next day levels dropped significantly below advisory guidelines.
The City of Salem extended the drinking water advisory on June 10 for at least two weeks to address concerns about the two-day lag between sampling and receiving test results. By keeping the drinking water advisory in place, the City hopes to reduce confusion by giving residents and water customers the opportunity to review the data and take the precautions they feel necessary for their families and their customers.
Drinking water filling stations are available while the advisory remains in effect. Residents need to bring their own clean and sanitary containers. Please visit www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/water-advisory.aspx for the most current times and locations.
Residents with questions regarding City water, or in need of assistance, can contact Salem Public Works at 503-588-6311. For health information during the advisory, please call 2-1-1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Licensed facilities, including restaurants and public pools, with questions can contact Marion County Environmental Health at 503-588-5346 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The water advisory has impacted many people in Salem and surrounding areas. The City of Salem continues to be thankful for the continued patience and support of the community, partnering agencies, and local volunteer groups.
Additional information will continue to be distributed through the City’s social media accounts and website www.cityofsalem.net.