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UPDATES: AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday

2 months ago

Salem completes ozone treatment facility for drinking water

Vaporizor towers stand next to a tank that will store liquid oxygen at minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit for ozone generation at the Geren Island water treatment facility on Monday, May 10, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem's drinking water has a new multi-million dollar filtration system.

On Aug. 4, the $48 million ozone treatment facility in Salem marked its completion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

The Frank Mauldin Ozone Treatment Facility at Geren Island will protect Salem’s water against algae blooms, severe weather and wildfires according to a statement released by the City of Salem. 

The technology is also used in Lake Oswego, Tigard, Medford and Wlisonville. Salem’s treatment center is named after Frank Mauldin, the late public works director who led Salem’s department from 1988 to 2002. 

“We chose ozone treatment to enhance our existing treatment processes because of its demonstrated ability to successfully treat algal toxins and other contaminants. This long-term investment in ozone treatment along with other improvements at Geren Island will ensure that Salem’s water is safe today and for generations into the future. I’m proud of the advancements we’ve made in our water system with this project," said Brian Martin, city engineer.

The four-step process starts with liquid oxygen being warmed and converted to gas before being sent to an ozone generator. That generator uses an electric charge to turn the gas into ozone gas. That ozone gas then dissolves into the water and breaks down bacteria and materials that impact the taste and smell of the water.

-Caitlyn May

2 months ago

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider opposing school mask mandate

The view from Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis' office in downtown Salem on May 5, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider a resolution opposing a mask mandate for students, approve the Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan and a contract with Willamette Workforce Partnership to distribute federal Covid relief funding.


The commissioners will consider a resolution supporting local oversight of Covid response in light of Gov. Kate Brown directing the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education to create a rule requiring masks inside all Oregon schools now. During a July press conference, Brown cited the wider spread of the more contagious Delta variant of the virus.

The commissioners also will consider approving the Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan, which aims to provide decent housing and economic opportunities for low-income residents.

Commissioners will consider a contract with Willamette Workforce Partnership to distribute $2.2 million in federal CARES Act funding to eligible businesses through December.

The board will also consider approving $1.9 million from the Oregon Youth Authority to prevent and reduce juvenile crime until June 30, 2023. 

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

-Saphara Harrell

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