Governor Kate Brown today directed the Oregon Military Department(OMD) to provide additional and free clean water supplies to the City of Salem and Marion County. Following the announcement of a continued water advisory for vulnerable Detroit Lake water users, OMD will make available several, free water stations throughout the community starting today.
“I want to ensure safe drinking water is available to all residents of Salem and Marion County,” Governor Brown said. “Today, I’m directing Oregon’s Military Department to deploy clean water stations and provide additional support to the community as conditions continue to be closely monitored to ensure the health and safety of Detroit Lake water users.”
Beginning this afternoon, OMD will deploy 10 water stations with certified clean water at five locations throughout Salem and Stayton. More information about the specific locations of the water stations will be announced by OMD.
Due to the risk to children and other vulnerable citizens created by Detroit Lake water supply conditions, Governor Kate Brown also declared an emergency for Marion and Polk Counties to make additional state resources available to the impacted communities. The declaration acknowledges the abnormal disruption of the market created by concerns around the quality of the area’s water, giving the Oregon Attorney General authority to investigate claims of price gouging by local merchants.