Salem Mayor Justin Green issued a boil water advisory for the City of Salem Saturday evening at approximately 6:30p which also affects the Town of New Pekin.
Customers in New Pekin should also boil their water as well, according to town manager Jaden Stone.
“We buy our water from Salem, so when they issue an advisory, we have to follow,” said Stone.
There was no timeline given other than that water should be boiled until the City of Salem resolves “this drinking water problem,” according to the advisory.
The City of Salem is also asking that customers conserve water and only use what is necessary for household and personal needs.
No further information was available.
An advisory was released from Edith Sutcliff, Water Works Office Manager, noting that after consultation with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) “it has been determined that the water customers should boil their drinking water.”
According to Sutcliffe, the precautionary measure is recommended because the city is “experiencing a drinking water problem within” its service area.
Under a boil water advisory, it is recommended that all cooking and drinking water be brought to a complete and full boil for five (5) minutes before using.
Please continue to boil all drinking and cooking water for five (5) minutes until the public is notified the measure is no longer necessary.