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Alert broadcast locally warns of toxins in Salem-area water.


May 30, 2018

An alert broadcast to local broadcast outlets and cellphones at 8:31 p.m. is warning of toxins in the water in the Salem area

It warns not to drink tap water in Salem and surrounding communities.

Levels of toxins have been detected in the City of Salem water system that supplies water to City of Salem, City of Turner, Suburban East Salem Water District, and Orchard Heights Water Association.

Children under the age of 6, people with compromised immune systems, people receiving dialysis treatment, people with pre-existing liver conditions, pets, pregnant women or nursing mothers, or other sensitive populations should follow this advisory. At this time, people not on this list may continue to drink the water unless additional messaging is received. Please visit for the most up to date information.

The toxins are caused by algae blooms in the Detroit Reservoir.

Everyone may use tap water for showering, bathing, washing hands, washing dishes, flushing toilets, cleaning and doing laundry. However, infants and young children under the age of six should be supervised while bathing and during other tap water-related activities to prevent accidental ingestion of water.

Drinking water containing cyanotoxins at levels exceeding the national drinking water Health Advisories can put you at risk of various adverse health effects including upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea as well as liver and kidney damage. Seek medical attention if you or family members are experiencing illness.

Animals may be vulnerable to adverse health effects of cyanotoxins at the detected levels indicated above; consider providing animals alternative sources of water. Contact a veterinarian if animals show signs of illness.

If you, your family members or your animals have experienced adverse cyanotoxin-related health effects, please contact your health care provider.

The City of Salem is working closely with local and state public health and emergency response agencies to address the situation and to quickly reduce Cyanotoxin levels in tap water.

City of Salem will post an updated advisory when: the Cyanotoxin levels are less than or equal to the national drinking water Health Advisories, this Do Not Drink Advisory is lifted and/or if there are any changes to the conditions of this Do Not Drink Advisory. Updates will be provided Thursday, May 31, 2018 via the City of Salem web page,; City of Salem Alert System; local media; City of Salem social media. Residents can sign up on to receive emergency alerts from the City.

For more information please visit or call 503-588-6333.


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