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 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
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In 2022, residential rates increased for the first time in five years. Looking ahead, a variety of long-term critical projects coupled with short-term supply chain and inflationary pressures and a dynamic power supply market are likely to impact the prices customers pay for water and power.Find Out More
EWEB will continue the annual closure of our College Hill Reservoir over the Fourth of July holiday and prohibit fireworks on the property grounds.Find Out More
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The tour focused on the coordinated response to the Holiday Farm Fire, emphasizing the effectiveness of large-scale floodplain enhancement projects for mitigating the impacts of sedimentation and increasing water temperatures.Find Out More
EWEB exceeded drinking water safety standards in 2021 for every type of contaminant regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Oregon Health Authority. The utility has never failed to meet the standards.Find Out More
As a public utility, it is important EWEB check in with customers to see how we are performing. We invite you to share your feedback and opinions.Find Out More
As a public utility, owned by the people of Eugene, it’s important for us to be open and transparent with our customer-owners. The following State of the Utility Address, delivered by General Manager Frank Lawson at the March 1 EWEB Board meeting, highlights key events, accomplishments and challenges of 2021.Find Out More
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EWEB’s Hayden Bridge Filtration plant recently received 42 three-ton sacks of coal.
No, EWEB isn’t on Santa’s naughty list. And, no, EWEB is not switching to coal-fired power – our electricity is approximately 90 percent carbon free and comes largely from hydropower.
This very pure form of coal called anthracite coal is actually used as part of the water filtration process. In this process, coal actually makes the water cleaner by acting like a sponge that traps particles.
The water that EWEB sources from the McKenzie River is already very clean. But we still need to treat it at the Hayden Bridge Filtration plant to remove impurities and ensure your drinking water is safe.
Lonny Sayles, EWEB’s water filtration plant lead operator, is part of the team that keeps the water pure.
“They take a 3,000-pound sack of coal,” Sayles said. “They bring it over on the forklift, put it up over the hopper. They pull a ripcord and the media starts dropping out of a chute into (a narrow, high-pressure tube that creates suction so water and coal move through the hose) and then they pump the media up into the filter.”
Because summer is the peak season for water use, plant operators want to avoid taking too many filters out of commission during this process. So, they’re taking a few days to add the coal to each filter.
The anthracite coal functions as a sponge, absorbing tiny particles, Sayles said.
“The particles are way too small to be filtered out,” Sayles said. “They're too small to settle out in the sedimentation basins. So, what we do as operators, we turn little particles into big particles. That way, our filters can handle the load and filter it out.”
The coal brings those particles with it as it settles at the bottom of the filter under a layer of sand. Then the filtered water is pumped out to Hayden Bridge’s 15-million-gallon covered to be disinfected.
Plant operators learn how to do everything at the plant so they can troubleshoot and know what to do if anything breaks. The overlapping skillsets ensure that problems are fixed quickly. At the same time, some staffers have been at the plant long enough to see it evolve into a digitally driven operation.
“That's a big key and it always has been,” Sayles said. “This generation of operators, we we've seen this place go from pulling levers to poking buttons. ”
Everyone who works at the plant takes pride in what they do.
“And they think of every drop of water that leaves,” Sayles said. “Here it's going to baby's formula. It's going into these hospitals. That's what our operators’ mindsets are. And each and every one of them that are here at Hayden Bridge, they have that same thought process, and they go the extra mile.”
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