Analysis of drinking water samples collected Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31, confirm toxin levels are below Health Advisory Levels and water is safe to drink. Salem is very thankful to all of the assistance provided by partnering agencies, local non-profits, and local volunteer groups.
The City will update water sample data today.
The City of Salem will continue to collect water quality samples to ensure safe water for Salem. The City will continue to provide water quality updates to the community. Algal blooms are a natural process. If levels reach the EPA notification threshold, the City will issue an advisory. The City will continue to work on new approaches to Salem's water infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water.
Initial Water Advisory
At approximately 4:50 p.m. on May 29, 2018, the City of Salem issued a do not drink notice for children under 6 years old and vulnerable populations due to confirmation of low levels of algal toxins. This notice affected City of Salem customers as well as wholesale customers in the City of Turner, Suburban East Salem Water District, and Orchard Heights Water Association.
Oregon Health Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency recommend water systems issue “do not drink” notices when levels of algal toxins are above established Health Advisory levels. The health advisory notice was delivered to affected customers via text message, email, social media, and notice to the local news media that the health advisory was lifted.
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Water quality test data