Despite Wildfires, Salem's Water Remains Safe to Drink

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Salem's drinking water remains safe to drink.  We remain concerned for our neighboring communities, who are evacuating their homes and businesses. 

The North Santiam River water is Salem's drinking water source, before treatment at Salem's Geren Island Water Treatment Facility.  Despite fires in the area, there is no impact on Salem's drinking water. 

The City of Salem continues to monitor fire status closely and is actively preparing for changing conditions.  Should there be a concern with Salem's drinking water an Emergency alert will be disseminated.

You can sign up for Community Alerts at  For additional wildfire related information please see the following:

Evacuations and Shelters

The city of Salem is not being evacuated.  The Marion County Sheriff's Department Facebook page for the most up to date information on Marion County evacuations and emergencies. The Red Cross

has set-up an evacuation shelter at the Oregon State Fairgrounds for people and livestock. 

Air Quality

An air quality advisory has been issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for the Willamette Valley and much of Central and Western Oregon due to wildfire activity. Smoke in the central and southern Willamette Valley is coming from the Lionshead and Beachie Creek fires. The advisory remains in effect through at least Tuesday afternoon. Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions, affecting:

  • persons with asthma or chronic respiratory disease
  • persons with cardiovascular disease
  • persons over 65 years of age
  • infants and children
  • pregnant women
  • smokers, especially those who have smoked for several years.

Locally, for those needing shelter from smoke, Community Action ARCHES day room is open today. Learn more about wildfire smoke and health at:

Please visit City of Salem's web page for the most up to date information at   

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8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301
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