Salem Drinking Water Remains Clean and Safe

Salem’s water continues to be clean and safe to drink. 

The source of the City of Salem’s water supply is the Santiam River.  As part of our treatment, chlorine is added as a final disinfectant at the end of our water production cycle to assure that no bacteria enters the water stream during delivery. 

The City of Salem is fortunate to have an on-site chlorine generator capable of producing about 2,000 pounds of chlorine per day.  A chlorine production facility in Longview, Washington was temporarily shut down recently.

Because we produce our own chlorine, Salem’s drinking water will not be affected by the temporary closure of the Washington plant.

Please help us stop the spread of this false rumor.

You can learn more:

Salem’s drinking water source

Water treatment

Track conditions in the drinking water system

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