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day throughout a 70-year life span. The USEPA generally sets MCL’s at levels that will result in no adverse health effects for some contaminants or a one- in-ten-thousand to one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect for other contaminants.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same public health protection. This table lists contaminants that had some level
of detection. Many other contaminants were analyzed for but were not present
or were below the detection limits of the lab equipment. Most of the results in
the table are from testing done in 2009. However, the state allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of the contaminants do not change frequently. Some of our data, though accurate, is more than one year old.
All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not
necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such
as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people
with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection
by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the
Safe Drinking Water
Hotline (800-426- 4791) or www.epa. gov/safewater/ hotline/index.
We at the City of Salem Water Department work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap. We ask that
all our customers help us protect our
water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.
                                                 To learn even more about your water after reviewing this report,
please call our office at 540-375-3029 or visit the City’s website at

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