There is a boil water advisory for parts of the City of Salem beginning tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 25).

According to Russell Brown, Salem Water Distribution Superintendent and Water Treatment Superintendent, there is a boil water advisory for customers living East of State Road 135 and “everyone South of East Market Street.”

City workers repair a water main along High Street in Salem this afternoon.

Brown said the boil water advisory was on until further notice. 

“I will have to run samples and get them to the lab,” Brown said. “I’ll take two consecutive samples which will be 24 hours per set of samples. It will take at least 48 hours.”

Brown said he will know something Saturday morning. 

Brown said a 12-inch main on High Street broke this afternoon.

“It was about a 12-15 foot split down the side of the main,” said Brown. “The city workers had to cut in and replace that. it’s dangerous and rough. There’s a lot of pressure on that main.” 

Residence in this area should boil tap water vigorously for at least one full minute prior to using it for drinking or cooking (the minute starts when the water begins to bubble). This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparation of drinks, and water for pets.

Wait for the water to cool before using it, or store it in the refrigerator in a clean container.