Updated at 9:02 am
Officials temporarily warned residents of Salem, Turner, and surrounding areas to drink tap water after finding small amounts of toxins in the water supply
Algae blooms caused cyanotoxins in the water Detroit Reservoir, which supplies water to the towns of Salem and Turner, as well as the Suburban East Salem Water District and Orchard Heights Water Association. The Advisory should be respected especially by small children, pets and people with poor health or weak immune systems as well as pregnant or nursing people, according to the city of Salem.
City officials said the water was harmless to shower, wash your hands or dishes and clean or wash your clothes. Drinking the water could cause symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. It can also lead to kidney and liver damage.
City and State officials oversee the water. It is not immediately clear when the advisory will be lifted. Officials recommend bottled water as an alternative to drinking and cooking.
Residents in Marion County as well as other areas including the Clackamas, Benton and Yamhill districts received text messages on Tuesday evening from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, which declared a civil emergency in the area until 23:28. The warning has both cities and police authorities in these areas prompted to declare that there is no civil emergency, and urge residents not to call 91
Cory Grogan, a spokesman for the emergency management office, said the warning was sent on behalf of the city by Salem regarding the water situation. He said he did not know why the warning said it was a civilian emergency or why it was broadcast outside of Marion County.
THERE ARE NO CIVIL EMERGENCIES. The message should inform those affected of the water problem in Salem. Please do not call 911.
– Marion Co. Sheriff (@MCSOInTheKnow) May 30, 2018
If you receive this warning from Woodburn residents, please ignore it. We've heard from state OEMs that it was sent by mistake and was thinking about water issues for the Salem area. @CityofWoodburn @WoodburnFireDst @WoodburnPolice @MCSOInTheKnow @Metcom_911 @MarionCountyEM pic.twitter.com/9ulkEJMTze
– Chief Jim Ferraris (@chiefferraris ) May 30, 2018
– Everton Bailey Jr.