Yes, it is algae season. Each year, between April and October, we actively monitor conditions in Detroit Reservoir. Algae is in bloom. When this type of blue-green algae dies, it can create cyanotoxins. And, low levels of cyanotoxins are showing up in our samples taken at the Log Boom near the dam. We have increased our sampling and testing to five days a week, throughout the 26 mile stretch between Big Cliff Dam and the water treatment facility, and begun slightly boosting chlorine levels in the drinking water before it is tested leaving the water treatment facility. Salem's drinking water remains safe for all populations.
Samples taken at our water treatment facility show no cyanotoxins at our intake, or where treated water enters the water distribution system.
To track test results for the water entering –and leaving- our water treatment facility.
See more information on what we’re doing to now to safeguard Salem’s drinking water