“Do not to drink” tap water the City of Salem issued a warning on Tuesday after tests found low levels of cyanotoxins in the water.
The warning in particular applied to children, infants, pregnant mothers, or those with compromised immune systems, other vulnerable people, and pets.
The advisory applies to the following place: City of Salem, City of Turner, Suburban East Salem Water District, and Orchard Heights Water Association.
Authorities also say that boiling the water does not remove the toxins and can actually increase the toxin levels as most filters do not remove them either.
People are advised to give their children bottled water for drinking, for making infant formula, ice or food preparation until the caution is lifted.
Symptoms such as upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and possible liver and kidney damage can be caused by drinking water with cyanotoxins.
People should consider giving your pets a different source of water and call your vet if they show signs of illness as animals can also be affected.
The cyanotoxin advisory comes just days after the Oregon Health Authority detected toxic blue-green algae in Detroit Lake.
The city’s main source of water is from the Detroit Reservoir.
Showering and washing your hands, clothes, and dishes with the tap water, are still safe, however, kids and small children should be supervised during bath time to make sure they don’t accidentally ingest any of the water.
Water samples taken on May 23 and 25 came back with levels of cyanotoxins that that are above the EPA’s Cyanotoxins National Drinking Water Health Advisories according to the city.
Students will be provided with bottled water at schools.
Salem grocery stores quickly sold out of bottled water hours after the city of Salem issued the advisory.
The city of Salem said it will update people on the water quality by Thursday.
At this time, people not on this list may continue to drink the water unless additional messaging is received.
For more information and helpful facts, please visit the City of Salem’s website at www.cityofsalem.net.
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