Monday evening, August 10, 2020, in a Special Session, the State Legislature provided funding assistance for much-needed Salem drinking water improvements.
"We are grateful to the efforts of Senator Courtney, the entire Salem area delegation, and State Treasurer Tobias Read, for their support and assistance with City water system improvements," said Mayor Chuck Bennett. "Legislation passed in the Special Session will bring $20.3 million to Salem and help ensure the City can continue to meet our community and our water customer's drinking water needs."
Funds will support two major water quality, resiliency and efficiency project. The State assistance will help to fund these capacity improvements:
Aquifer Storage and Recovery Improvements. This project will add a water treatment facility to the existing water storage and recovery system in Woodmansee Park and add up to two additional wells and piping to increase capacity during high water demand periods.
City of Turner Pump Station. This project will add a new water pump station in the City of Turner that will serve the City with water after it passes through the City of Salem's Franzen Reservoir. This pump station will provide more operational flexibility for the City of Turner and the City of Salem.
This summer, the City is finishing construction of the new ozone treatment system. The City of Salem is installing a state-of-the-art ozone treatment system to remove cyanotoxins.
Ozone makes our water crystal clear, improves the taste, and can remove odors. Once in operation in spring 2021, ozone will be our robust, long-term insurance policy against cyanotoxins. Learn more about how the ozone system works.
You can track current drinking water quality test data on the City's website here: https://www.cityofsalem.net/drinking-water