Electric Outage: 1-844-484-2300
Water Emergency: 541-685-7595
EWEB Main: 541-685-7000
Following the 2016 ice storm, we applied for grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make resiliency improvements to our electric system to reduce the frequency and duration of storm-related outages in several areas prone to storm damage.The agency has thus far approved 15 of the 16 proposed reliability projects, and will fund 75 percent of the cost, estimated to be about $3 million. The final project should be approved later this spring.Find Out More
In our ongoing efforts to make more information available to customers, we want to share a new tool: the Power Outage Map. The map, accessible at eweb.org/outage, provides the general location of a power outage within EWEB’s service area, along with various details that will emerge as field technicians investigate the cause and determine repair strategies.Find Out More
In partnership with the Bethel School District, we’ll open the first emergency water distribution station at the Bethel Farm on Oct. 6 with a “FILL UP at the Farm” grand opening event. A key component of EWEB’s ongoing initiative to prepare for emergencies, whether earthquake, forest fire or other disaster, is to establish at least five of these geographically dispersed emergency water stations within the next five years.Find Out More
We’re fortunate in Eugene to have an abundant supply of clean, healthy drinking water. But the crisis in Salem is yet another reminder of the need to plan and prepare for a water emergency.Find Out More
As a public utility, it is important for EWEB to be open and transparent with our customer-owners about how we are performing. We put together a Report to Customers looking back at the key events, accomplishments and challenges of 2017.Find Out More
If you have a 72-hour emergency kit and a disaster plan for your family, then you have a great start on emergency preparedness. Here are some New Year’s tips to help you take the next steps to be ready for whatever 2018 may bring.Find Out More
Whether it's ice or snow, windstorms ... or squirrels, you should know what to do when the power goes out.Find Out More
Getting the family together for Thanksgiving dinner? Take some time to talk about emergency preparedness.Find Out More
More than 30 emergency responders from multiple local agencies conducted a live “spill drill” in late October on the McKenzie River above Leaburg Dam. Participants practiced containing a fictitious fuel spill using the McKenzie Watershed Emergency Response System (MWERS).Find Out More
We’re doing our part by making investments to prepare, replace and maintain our community's electric and water systems. Here are some of the ways we work proactively to keep the lights on and the tap water flowing.Find Out More
We are taking steps to prepare for an emergency in our community. The emergency water supply program would include several permanent distribution sites located throughout the community using groundwater wells, as well as mobile water trailers.Find Out More
A fuel tanker was carrying approximately 11,000 gallons of gasoline when it crashed along the McKenzie Highway one mile east of Leaburg on June 13, 2017. While there are a number of potential hazards that could impact our water supply, chemical spills from transportation accidents is one of the highest threats to the McKenzie watershed.Find Out More
A recent water pipeline assessment that relied on a free-swimming acoustic sensor called a "SmartBall" is an example of using innovative, cost-effective methods to maintain our infrastructure.Find Out More
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $3.5 million to EWEB in late May to help offset the financial costs of the devastating ice storm that struck Eugene on Dec. 15, 2016.Find Out More
After investing more than $30 million upgrading, expanding and renovating our Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant over the past eight years, we are nearly done with a series of capital improvements aimed at increasing reliability and efficiency at the 67-year-old facility.Find Out More
Fourteen full crews worked in the McKenzie River area Sunday, whittling down the number of upriver customers without power to less than 860 as of 3 p.m. With cell service still down in the area, reports from field crews are limited to radio communication, making it more difficult to keep upriver restoration information current.
Starting with more than 14,000 customers out of service on Monday, fewer than 920 of our customers now remain without service on Sunday. Most repair work in Eugene is limited to incidents with just a few services out of power. Several smaller teams have spread out across Eugene to continue working these service restorations.
There is extensive damage along Highway 126, and along hard-to-reach secondary roads throughout the McKenzie River area. While we expect to restore many upriver customers through today and on Monday, some areas will require more time because we will have to rebuild entire sections of the electric system.
The extensive damage to the electric system in some locations, along with downed trees and deep snow in these areas, has delayed restoration.
We anticipated that there would be several upriver areas in need of near-complete rebuilds. As crews made their way into locations that were difficult or impossible to access earlier this week, they have found even more damage than was initially expected. EWEB is now compiling a list of these locations and there is a chance we could discover more.
Customers in the areas below may not see their power restored until Wednesday or Thursday:
Residents are asked to watch for flaggers along Highway 126 and drive carefully in these areas so crews can continue their work safely, particularly as it gets dark. Go to tripcheck.com for the latest road updates.
If a customer believes their home is in one of the posted areas, and they are still without power, they should contact EWEB's outage reporting line at 1-844-484-2300. This will ensure their outage is still in our system.
Repairing the service line that provides power to a single home is often last on the restoration priority list and the most time-consuming. A crew might spend the same amount of time restoring power to a few customers as it takes to restore power to several hundred customers.
To speed up your restoration process, check to see if there is damage to your weatherhead or meter base on your home. If you find damage, contact a licensed electrician and then have the electrician provide a supervisory letter to us when repairs are complete.
Any customers experiencing flickering lights or partial power should contact EWEB via the outage reporting line at 1-844-484-2300. Those experiencing "brownouts" should turn off their main breaker and also contact EWEB.
500 East Fourth Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Lobby hours: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.