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
Hundreds of landowners in the McKenzie River valley are working with EWEB to prevent future fires and protect the river by replanting burned properties and removing fuels like dead trees and underbrush.Find Out More
EWEB works with watershed researchers, forest management agencies and local non-profits to identify threats to our water supply and public health, prioritize watershed restoration activities and help with long-term community recovery.Find Out More
EWEB conducted a multi-agency spill drill on the Willamette River this week. The practice session was to help refresh and hone skills that will be essential to respond to an actual disaster involving an oil spill in the Willamette.Find Out More
When access to pad mount transformers, cable, and smart meter chips tightened, EWEB only had one choice – double down on its core values, provide safe and reliable electricity. Below are the stories from EWEB staff about how they have navigated the ups and downs of this new frontier.Find Out More
EWEB’s Source Water Champions work year-round to protect our drinking water. They take water quality samples throughout the watershed, help our neighbors be better stewards, and coordinate multi-agency teams for restoration work and hazard mitigation.Find Out More
Local middle school students from around the area learned about the entire life cycle of salmon along the McKenzie River at Salmon Watch 2022, which was held at the EWEB spawning channel. The field trip took place during peak salmon spawning season, when fish that are at least two feet long are reaching the end of their journey from the ocean to their natal streams.Find Out More
EWEB’s electric safety trailer is an interactive tool for the public to learn how to react in a potentially dangerous situation.Find Out More
Laura Farthing has been working for EWEB for the past 14 years. She’s the lead engineer on EWEB’s water storage construction project near E. 40th and Patterson St.Find Out More
EWEB used the tactic of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for the first time to mitigate the risk of wildfires.Find Out More
EWEB held a grand opening event for our Emergency Water Station near the Sheldon Fire Station on Saturday, September 10. The site would supply drinking water for the neighborhood in the event of a catastrophic earthquake or other disaster that cut off water to customers.Find Out More
This very pure form of coal called anthracite coal is actually used as part of the water filtration process.Find Out More
This unique opportunity to reduce the infrastructure footprint and maintenance costs will also improve wildfire mitigation because less infrastructure means less chance of ignition or damage from a fire.Find Out More
We are working to ensure our systems are ready to perform through extreme heat. Check out tips and resources to help you stay safe and comfortable while conserving energy.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.
The improvements at Hayden Bridge, our only filtration plant, are part of the Water Reliability Initiative to increase the system's resilience now and for future generations. There are several emergencies that could result in a water supply shortage, and the most devastating would be a large earthquake, including a seismic event along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Research indicates there is a high probability the Willamette Valley will experience a significant earthquake within the next 50 years, and water systems are especially vulnerable to such damage. Distribution and transmission pipes are susceptible to rupture during sudden ground movement, and a substantial seismic event could affect intake structures that draw water from the McKenzie River, and the filtration plant itself.
Over the past several years, we have completed a series of seismic upgrades to the plant, including reinforcing basin walls and filter buildings, as well as the head house. A project expected to be complete late this summer - disconnecting an old flume from the filtration building - will complete the seismic improvements. Later this year, we will start a project to replace the gas chlorine system. Once operational, the system will be able to generate liquid chlorine at the plant site.
Other significant work already finished includes a plant expansion that added a new contact basin and two new filters; updated electrical systems and instrumentation; installation of new pumps and piping; and the addition of a new compressor building.
"Targeted, incremental improvements to critical infrastructure is our top priority in order to provide reliable and affordable water service to our customers for the long term," said Brad Taylor, water operations manager. "Looking at our investments in Hayden Bridge make me very proud of our highly skilled staff, and of the increased resiliency of our water system"
In addition to replacing older distribution pipes throughout the service area and upgrading and expanding the equipment at Hayden Bridge, EWEB is also planning to build a second, smaller filtration plant on the Willamette River. Property acquisition, planning and engineering work is underway on that project. EWEB expects the second filtration plant to become operational in 2022.
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