Salem begins using water from treatment facility again after possible river contamination
SALEM, Ore. – The City of Salem is once again using water from the Geren Island Water Treatment Facility after a fuel spill near the North Santiam River caused them to use other water sources for several days.
City leaders shut off the valve to the North Santiam River, which normally supplies the city, after a tanker truck crashed Friday and spilled fuel into the river.
The city used tap water from ground water and reservoir resources while they waited for tests showing the water is safe to drink.
On Wednesday, the City of Salem said the latest water quality sampling results confirm there is no detection of gasoline in the North Santiam River below Detroit Dam.
Salem plans to continue working with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority to monitor the water quality.
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