Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.


Walktober Calendar

Stay fit this October with the Walktober Calendar. Enjoy a variety of low stress fitness opportunities in Salem during the month. Thank you for everyone who is leading a walk, helped with planning or sponsored the events. We appreciate you and what you do for our community.

Walktober Calendar (pdf) 

Katelyn D. Kutemeier
Community Wellness Coordinator
Covering Bartholomew, Jackson, and Washington Counties


Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing Begins

The City of Salem will be working with Wessler Engineering to perform smoke testing on select portions of the sanitary sewers in your area. The evaluation is part of a study to identify sources of non-sanitary flow. You are receiving this notice because your property is within the area to be tested.

Smoke testing involves blowing harmless smoke into the sewer system to determine the location of connections. Those connections, along with any leaks, will be marked with bright surveying paint (non-permanent) to aid in their future location and correction. Wessler testing crews will be driving marked vehicles with flashing lights and will be wearing safety vests for their ready identification.

Under normal circumstances, if your plumbing is working properly, the smoke used to conduct this test should not enter your house. You may see smoke coming from the vents on the roof of your home. This is normal. When smoke does enter a home, it often enters through fixtures that are not routinely used. Therefore, we request that you run water for a minute or two through all of your fixtures and floor drains when you receive this notice to ensure all traps are full of water.

Smoke used for this test is manufactured specifically for this application. The smoke is non­toxic and non-staining. It has a slight oily odor but is clean and harmless to people, pets, food and material goods. Any smoke that happens to enter your house should clear in a few minutes if you open the doors and windows.

We appreciate your cooperation because this testing is an important tool necessary to evaluate the sewer systems. If you have specific questions or concerns, you may call the following:

City of Salem Wastewater, (812) 883-4267


Fall Hydrant Flushing

The City of Salem Utilities’ Department will be performing flushing of the fire hydrants throughout the entire city. The flushing will begin Monday, October 21, 2019, and run thru Monday, October 28, 2019, between 7:30am –5:00pm. Customers may experience low water pressure during the flushing period. Please call the City of Salem Municipal Utilities’ office, 883-3937 if you have any questions concerning this process.