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The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) is expanding its capacity to provide water to customers in case of an emergency.Find Out More
EWEB is already in compliance with a new proposed federal rule that would require municipalities to test for PFAs, or forever chemicals, in drinking water. The good news for EWEB customers is that in over ten years of testing we have not found PFAs in our water.Find Out More
Eugene is one of the largest cities on the west coast with only a single source of drinking water, the McKenzie River. And though the McKenzie is a pure, reliable water source, EWEB will secure a second source ensure resiliency in the future, planning to build a water treatment plant on the Willamette River, upstream of Eugene and Springfield.Find Out More
With cold and icy weather forecasted for the next several days, we want to share some tips on how to heat your home while still conserving energy. We also have tips on how to stay warm if there is a power outage at your home.Find Out More
EWEB is building two 7.5-million-gallon water storage tanks on a 10-acre property at East 40th and Patterson Street in South Eugene. The tanks are part of our work to improve EWEB’s water storage infrastructure for future resiliency to earthquakes and climate change. People who live nearby have been watching the progress of the work since summer 2021.Find Out More
Grantees in the McKenzie River Valley can receive up to $35,000 eachFind Out More
Eugene has some of the best drinking water in the world. That’s thanks to our source, the pristine McKenzie River. It’s also thanks to the people at EWEB; whether an engineer designing a new reservoir, a treatment plant operator ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water, or a member of a crew maintaining the infrastructure in our community, water professionals work around the clock to ensure tap water is there when you need it.Find Out More
An EWEB-supported program provides firewood for people affected by the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire. The McKenzie Firewood program was developed by Pure Water Partners (PWP) in 2021.Find Out More
At EWEB, we do what we can to help others in need. That’s been the reality for several of our electric and water crews over the past few weeks as we’ve responded to mutual aid requests for storm response and drinking water restoration, locally, and out of state.Find Out More
Despite an ice storm and a few windstorms in Eugene and the McKenzie Valley in the past few weeks, EWEB has so far fended off widespread weather-caused power outages – largely because of investments in year-round system maintenance and infrastructure improvements.Find Out More
EWEB has 800 miles of transmission and distribution lines transporting your drinking water underground throughout the city. It eventually comes out of your tap as delicious thirst-quenching water. But what goes into maintaining all those pipes? And what happens when one gets a leak? We went to find out.Find Out More
In response to a call for aid this week, EWEB’s water division jumped into action to assist the town of Mapleton after a leak in their water system left about 260 homes without running water.Find Out More
At Alton Baker Park this week, Eugene 4J elementary students bid farewell to baby salmon they’d raised from eggs in their classrooms this fall. The activity was part of the Salmon Education Program funded by EWEB grants.Find Out More
For EWEB, preparing for harsh winter storms is a year-round responsibility. While we can’t control the weather, we can make our electric infrastructure more resilient to withstand storms that bring snow, ice and wind to Eugene.Find Out More
Imagine if heavy snowfall and freezing rain hit Eugene this winter. Imagine damaged trees, road closures and widespread power outages. What would you do?Find Out More
June 21, 2021
A disruption last week at a major chlorine producer in Longview, Wash., created a chlorine and caustic soda supply shortage that has affected water and wastewater utilities in Oregon and along the West Coast. Thanks to a decision in 2019 to replace EWEB's chlorine disinfection system with a safer, more resilient process that produces disinfectant on-site, Eugene residents are unlikely to see any impacts of the shortage. Still, the event has many EWEB customers wondering, could a water crisis happen here, and what is EWEB doing to protect our community's drinking water?
For more than 100 years, we have reliably served the community with clean, healthy water drawn from the mountain-fed McKenzie River. But there's always the possibility that a natural or human-caused disaster could affect us here in Eugene. Emergencies that could lead to a water supply shortage include earthquake, prolonged drought, forest fire in our watershed, severe flood, a chemical spill into the McKenzie River, and a system or facility failure.
Communities around the country have experienced crises similar to these. Earlier this year, a massive grid failure in Texas left millions without drinking water for more than a week. In 2018, a toxic algae bloom in Detroit Lake forced Salem city officials to warn parents of young children and medically vulnerable adults not to drink from the tap. Closer to home, the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire came close to threatening EWEB's Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant and caused extensive damage to the watershed that provides drinking water to around 200,000 people in Eugene.
If something happens to disrupt our water supply or distribution systems, there is only a one- or two-day supply of water stored in reservoirs throughout the community.
That's why, just as your household invests in an emergency kit, EWEB is making investments to prepare, replace and maintain our community's water system. We have invested more than $35 million upgrading and expanding our Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant in the past decade. We are replacing water mains, improving pump stations, building new storage tanks, planning for a second filtration plant on the Willamette River, and developing neighborhood emergency water stations.
It's easy to take drinking water for granted. We don't often think about what we can't see, like the infrastructure behind our taps: the treatment facility, water pipelines, pumps, and storage reservoirs. But these complex construction and engineering projects reliably deliver clean water to our homes and businesses around the clock, and continued investment is needed to ensure uninterrupted delivery of safe, high-quality drinking water.
As we continue to care for our critical infrastructure, we are also working to protect the source of our drinking water—the McKenzie River and its surrounding watershed.
To protect from the effects of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), we actively monitor multiple locations in the watershed for cyanotoxins. If toxins are detected, EWEB can treat the drinking water thanks to a new biofilter at the Hayden Bridge Filtration Plant that employs beneficial bacteria that consume algal toxins.
In the aftermath of the Holiday Farm Fire, EWEB and our Pure Water Partners are replanting riparian areas that burned, installing erosion control measures, and providing funds to incentivize people to rebuild their homes and septic systems farther back from the river to reduce the risks of flooding and contamination. Customers will help to fund these and other restoration projects through a temporary Watershed Recovery Fee beginning in July 2021.
We are fortunate in Eugene to enjoy exceptional drinking water. For over a century, our community has benefitted from a pristine watershed, abundant supply, and safe and reliable delivery to homes and businesses. None of this has happened by accident. Generations before us made smart, sustainable decisions so that we can enjoy safe, clean drinking water today. And today, customers continue to express a clear and unchanging priority—ensuring safe, reliable drinking water remains the most important EWEB program.
We are taking steps to ensure safe, reliable water continues to flow in our community. You can do your part by building an emergency supply kit for your household.
If a natural or man-made disaster occurs, you can rest easier knowing you are better prepared with a household emergency kit. Putting together your own kit is simple and easy, and it begins with having on hand a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and basic sanitation. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks.
For tips and resources on building an emergency kit, visit eweb.org/emergencyprep and join our Pledge to Prepare.
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