Gov. Brown declares state of emergency to assist with clean water amid Salem advisory

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown discusses her legislative priorities for the 2018 session at the state Capitol in Salem, Oregon on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo: Steve Benham/ Staff)

SALEM, Ore. – Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Thursday to help get extra water resources to Salem, where city officials issued a “don’t drink” advisory for young children, pregnant mothers, pets and other vulnerable populations. | READ THE LATEST

City officials first issued the advisory Tuesday after water sample tests found low levels of cyanotoxins that exceeded the EPA’s 10-day exposure duration for “Vulnerable Populations,” like:

  • Children under the age of six
  • People with compromised immune systems or pre-existing liver conditions
  • People receiving dialysis treatment, or other sensitive populations
  • Pregnant women or nursing mothers
  • Elderly
  • Pets

The advisory prompted several local stores to sell out of bottle water. Some Salem residents are going to the nearby Keizer area to get water, or seek bottles from stores farther away.

Gov. Brown’s emergency declaration frees up resources to help with the water advisory, allowing the Oregon Military Department to set up free, clean water stations in Salem, Turner, and the other affected areas of Marion County.

"I want to ensure safe drinking water is available to all residents of Salem and Marion County," Governor Brown said. "Today, I'm directing Oregon's Military Department to deploy clean water stations and provide additional support to the community as conditions continue to be closely monitored to ensure the health and safety of Detroit Lake water users."

They said ten stations will be set up at five locations throughout Salem and Stayton.

The City of Salem is holding a conference at 2:30 p.m. to discuss where the clean water stations will be set up. KATU News will live-stream the conference here and on our Facebook page.

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