If you have questions about whether you qualify for one of our programs, please email us or call 541-685-7088.
We recognize and appreciate the important role upstream landowners in the McKenzie Watershed play in the stewardship of the McKenzie River. Our drinking water source protection program offers several options designed to assist McKenzie landowners in protecting the water quality of the McKenzie River. We're also offering special programs for landowners rebuilding after the Holiday Farm Fire.
If you have been affected by the Holiday Farm Fire and looking for assistance, please visit our resources and support page.
Pollution from poorly or untreated household wastewater poses dangers to drinking water and the environment. Malfunctioning septic systems can release pollution including bacteria, viruses, and chemicals into the river, harming to fish, wildlife, plants and people.
EWEB's Septic Maintenance Program offers a $250 incentive to encourage homeowners close to the river to perform regular maintenance on septic systems.
If this is a rental home, please print and sign a W9 and mail to our office.
1. Determine if your property is eligible by verifying your address is located within the Septic System Boundary Map. Residential units including single-family, multi-family homes, duplex and mobile homes located within the boundary are eligible for the incentive every three years. You do not need to be an EWEB customer.
2. Choose a DEQ-licensed and certified contractor to complete the work. Please visit the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality website to see if the contractor is eligible to perform the work.
3. Print and fill out a septic service program application. Have your contractor fill out the appropriate pages of the form once they have done the work. Mail the application, contractor certification forms, and invoice to:
EWEB Customer Solutions
500 E 4th Ave
Eugene, OR 97440
Applications can be emailed to email@example.com
Check out our homeowner's guide for more information about how to maintain your septic system.
Does your septic system need to be replaced or have major repairs? Are you interested in protecting the watershed by relocating further from the waterway or upgrading to an advanced treatment system? We understand that the cost of replacing a system can be prohibitive, yet it is critical to have a functioning septic system. Our zero-interest loan program can help you replace or make major repairs to your septic system or drainfield.
The formerly named Septic Zero Interest Loan has been expanded to better support landowner needs. The loan amount has increased to $20,000 to account for the higher potential cost of advanced septic systems. Eligible expenses have been expanded. The new Septic System and Infrastructure Loan still carries no interest and offers a standard 5-year term. Crisis recovery applicants may be awarded a term of up to 8 years. Eligible landowners within the Holiday Farm Fire Perimeter will automatically qualify for a longer term.
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Residential units including single-family, multi-family homes, duplex, mobile home units, and small commercial operations located within the Septic System Boundary Map are eligible to apply. These are properties located in close proximity to the McKenzie. To see if your property qualifies, simply enter your address into the search tool on the map.
You must use a DEQ-certified contractor to complete the work. Please visit the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality website to see if the contractor is certified. Homeowners are required to get any necessary permits for the septic system work in order to obtain a loan. Lane County must inspect and sign off when the project is complete.
Steps to Participate:
Apply online here. Once we receive and process your application, we will send you a confirmation email. Complete all the required fields and select "Septic Loan".
EWEB Customer Solutions
500 E 4th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
Applications can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you own property on the McKenzie River? Pure Water Partners is a new initiative designed to reward McKenzie landowners who protect high quality land along the river, helping to protect water quality. It is a joint effort between EWEB and a number of local agencies, including the McKenzie Watershed Council, Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District, US Forest Service, McKenzie River Trust, and others.
Landowners may receive annual payments, technical assistance or other incentives to participate in Pure Water Partners. The program also provides assistance to landowners who wish to engage in restoration projects on their land.Learn More
EWEB and Pure Water Partners (PWP) are offering free site assessments to identify hazard trees as part of an integrated approached to erosion control on private properties impacted by the Holiday Farm Fire.
Retaining fire-damaged trees that are likely to live will help mitigate for erosion, as well as preserve natural forest processes and critical habitat. However, trees impacted by fire can also be classified as hazards and in some cases should be removed to reduce the risk to life and property.
As part of the site assessment, PWP can work with landowners to fell hazard trees that:
1. Are located within the riparian area or connected upland areas that are in danger of significant erosion, AND
2. Can be used for erosion control measures or create an immediate safety threat to workers implementing erosion control measures
Trees that are outside the identified erosion control areas will NOT be assessed through the Pure Water Partners program. Property owners should consult a licensed arborist to determine stand health and guide decisions to either remove or retain fire-damaged trees that are not addressed by PWP.
To sign up for a site assessment, please complete the online application. Within a few days of completing the application, you will receive an access agreement via email and will sign and submit electronically, giving Pure Water Partners permission to be on your property. McKenzie Watershed Council or Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District will then contact you to schedule your site visit.
If you know of a location where trees are interfering with our power system, please let us know. Someone from our vegetation management team will contact you. EWEB operates an extensive tree trimming program to enhance reliability and protect public safety by keeping trees and branches a safe distance from overhead electric lines.
Complete our online form to report concerns about trees and powerlines.
We have developed and participate in several initiatives designed to help farms to become more economically viable so that the land continues to be used for this purpose, rather than being sold off for development.
We seek to engage farmers and provide incentives to:
Contact us to learn more.
When you turn on your tap, you expect the water to be pure, healthy and tasty. That is why we work hard to deliver water that meets or exceeds all state and federal health standards.