Salem water safe to drink again, advisory still in place for vulnerable populations

Courtesy: MGN Online

Water samples taken on Thursday, June 21 show cyanotoxins in the drinking water are once again below EPA Health Advisory guidelines, meaning the water is safe to drink again; however, the 'do not drink' advisory is still in place for vulnerable people.

After a week of Salem’s water testing safe, samples from earlier this week showed cyanotoxins were once again dangerous for vulnerable populations.

The city extended its most recent tap water advisory through the weekend.

Children under six, pregnant or nursing mothers, people with compromised immune systems, pets, and others should continue to drink bottled water or water from one of the city’s filling stations. | FULL LIST

The most recent “do not drink” water advisory was issued June 6. A previous advisory was issued on May 29 and lifted on June 2.

The advisory applies to City of Salem, City of Turner, Suburban East Salem Water District and Orchard Heights Water Association -- all areas that get their water from the Detroit Reservoir.

The water is currently not safe to drink for the following vulnerable populations:

  • 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
  • The elderly and other sensitive populations (as a precautionary measure)
  • Pets

The water is safe to drink for those who are not among the vulnerable populations.

Residents who need help can contact the City of Salem Public Works at (503) 588-6311. For health information during the advisory, call 211 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the w

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