Green Says Boil Water Was a Precaution After “Adverse Issue” at Plant

Green Says Boil Water Was a Precaution After “Adverse Issue” at Plant

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The City of Salem issued a boil water advisory on Saturday afternoon and lifted it Tuesday afternoon at 3p, as a precaution, according to Mayor Justin Green.
 
“Our water plant had an adverse issue over the weekend that was fixed by the crew and engineers on-site,” Green said Wednesday. “This was an internal issue with a chlorine bleach pump feed and was discovered and addressed by Saturday evening.”
 
A groundbreaking was held at the site of the John Hay Water Treatment Plant in June 2019. The City of Salem refinanced $1.9 million and received a two percent 40-year-loan from the USDA to pay for the $15.2 million plant. It was scheduled to be operational in Spring 2021
 
Green said the plant did not lose disinfection and only suffered from low volume.
 
Since Salem sells water to the Town of New Pekin and East Washington Rural Water Corporation, they both had issued boil water advisories as well. 
 
Those advisories expired today at 1p. 
 
“Testing water samples after the repair to ensure safety was the most time-consuming,” he said. “This resulted in the extended advisory. All testing was completed [Tuesday], and the advisory was then canceled.”
 
Green said the City of Salem certainly thanks its customers for understanding and being patient while “we ensured a safe water supply.”
 
Green said the city will be working on implementing an automated notification system in the future and will make that announcement at a later date.