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With the promise of hot, dry weather in the forecast, you may be thinking about watering the lawn and garden. If you water your landscape, you probably see a significant increase in your summer water bills. The following tips can help you water less—and more wisely.Find Out More
Following the chilly winter that left some with higher-than-expected heating bills, we want to remind customers that there is a program to help make your monthly payments more predictable than the weather.Find Out More
Spring is a time of growth and rebirth, especially trees that endured a harsh and icy winter. As you begin thinking about planting new trees around your property, our vegetation management team encourages you to plant the right tree in the right place.Find Out More
Part of being a public utility is understanding how you—our customer-owners—rate our performance, and making decisions that reflect the values and choices of the community.Find Out More
In order to meet customer affordability expectations, General Manager Frank Lawson wants to trim $15 million and some 60 employees from EWEB’s annual budget by 2020.Find Out More
About 6,200 customers across our service territory lost power early this morning due to high winds in the area. We have 10 crews in the field assessing damage, responding to downed wires, and working on restoration to the system.Find Out More
We're making available an additional $100,000 to help 500 more in need following the cold weather in December and January.Find Out More
We routinely receive reports about various scam attempts targeting customers. Check out some tips to help avoid falling victim to a scam.Find Out More
With the onset of the new growing season, spring is an optimal time to assess and promote the health of the trees on your property. The following tips may help you identify potential problems and protect your portion of Eugene’s urban forest.Find Out More
The past several years have been difficult and financially challenging for the Eugene Water & Electric Board. I’m pleased to report that Oregon’s largest customer-owned utility has turned a significant corner and is today in a healthy financial position.Find Out More
Over the past two years, EWEB has partnered with the city of Eugene, the Lane Council of Governments and the Technology Association of Oregon to provide high-speed Internet fiber optic connections to 20 businesses in three downtown buildings.Find Out More
EWEB's Run to Stay Warm celebrates it's 10th anniversary! The event, which includes a 5k, 10k and half-marathon, benefits our Customer Care program which helps income-eligible customers pay their bills.Find Out More
EWEB commissioners, impressed with Frank Lawson’s strategic vision and leadership, unanimously selected him in May to be the next general manager. Frank's plan for the next dozen years can be broken up into three overlapping phases.Find Out More
On the average day, an EWEB meter reader walks many miles reading 400 to 500 electric and water meters. This time of year, besides battling the western Oregon spring weather of 70 degrees and sunny one moment to torrential downpour the next, they also find themselves in a battle of wills against the onslaught of spring vegetation growth that can block access to meters.
"With the alternating moisture and warm temperatures, hedges, shrubbery and other plants can grow at a rapid rate," says Ray Parker, EWEB meter reading supervisor.
"Meter readers need to have clear access to electric meters, which can be obstructed by overgrown plants located close to the home or building. They also need to be able to locate and remove the lid on water meters," continues Ray. "Imagine a barrel two feet in diameter and four feet tall above the water meter. That's about the amount of space a meter reader needs to take the lid off and position him or herself in a way to be able to get the reading."
It's up to the individual meter reader's discretion as to whether they trim vegetation back from meters. Generally, if the plant looks to be of high value (rose bush, Japanese maple and so on) meter readers will do their best to get the reading without damaging the plant and leave a doorhanger asking the customer to trim the plant. If the work required is extensive — such as a blackberry thicket or overgrown bamboo — a doorhanger is left requesting that the customer clear the area for access.
Spring is also a popular time of year for adding mulch in flower beds and planting strips, which might also be the location of your water meter. Whether you spread the mulch yourself, or hire a landscaping contractor, double check to be sure the mulch isn't covering the water meter.
If an issue remains after repeated notice, a $50 access fee is added to your bill.
"The fee is a last resort. We'd prefer to work with the customer to make sure we can safely and accurately read their meters each month," says Ray.
Next time you're mowing the lawn or doing a little gardening, please take a few moments to check the area around your water and electric meter.
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