Salem Extends Water Advisory, Despite Clean Tests

Jun 11, 2018

A drinking water advisory in Salem has been extended for another two weeks.

City officials announced that the most recent testing indicates they can lift an advisory for young children and other sensitive populations. But they’re not doing that because toxins from an algae bloom have popped up again and again in the city’s water.

City Manager Steve Powers said it’s left citizens scratching their heads.

“The on-gain off-again nature of the advisory was causing confusion,” Powers said. “Extending the advisory until we can ensure our water customers, our residents, that the water is safe to drink is the best course of action.”

The advisory will remain in effect while officials test whether powdered carbon can eliminate the toxins. That would cost millions of dollars, but it could at last provide some certainty.