Projects


For more than a century, EWEB has planned, built, and maintained the systems that deliver safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible power and water to Eugene homes and businesses—approximately 8.5 billion gallons of drinking water and 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity every year.

Investments made with your rates and under the leadership of your elected Board of Commissioners have allowed EWEB to deliver positive results for our customers and community, including:

  • One of the cleanest power portfolios in the nation, with 90% of our power coming from carbon-free resources
  • A proactive drinking water source protection program that for decades has maintained exceptional water quality in the McKenzie River
  • Development of emergency water stations and other infrastructure improvements to maintain high reliability, reduce storm-related outages, and prepare for emergencies
  • Energy-saving incentives, assistance programs for low-income customers, school grants and other programs to support quality of life in our community

Looking ahead, we're focused on outcomes that are important to our customers and community: providing you with better service, building a more resilient community, reducing outage freqeuency and response times, and creating a cleaner energy future.

Here are some of the major projects we're planning, budgeting and working on in 2022 and beyond.

Water Storage Improvement Projects
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The three primary tanks that store drinking water for all of Eugene are nearing the end of their useful lives and do not meet modern seismic standards. Learn how we are upgrading and diversifying water storage.

Leaburg Canal repair
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EWEB is investigating optimal scenarios for repairing the Leaburg Canal, considering the financial, environmental, and social impacts to “Return to Service” for power generation, remain as a “Stormwater Conveyance” canal, or a mix of repairs, diversions, and power generation.

Fire Recovery & Watershed Restoration
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EWEB is heavily involved in protecting drinking water in the aftermath of the Holiday Farm Fire.

Riverfront property sale
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EWEB is currently in the process of selling our former riverfront headquarters buildings.

Emergency Water Stations
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We are working with community partners to develop an emergency water supply program that includes several permanent distribution sites located throughout the community using groundwater wells, as well as mobile water trailers. 

Wildfire safety and prevention
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Community wildfire prevention is increasingly important as climate, drought and a host of other issues are converging—resulting in more frequent and damaging wildfire events.  


Carmen-Smith Relicensing
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For more than 50 years, Carmen-Smith has reliably served our customers with low-cost, local hydropower. Relicensing the project includes upgrading much of the equipment, campground improvements, and more fish-friendly operations.

Willamette Water Treatment Plant
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While the McKenzie River will continue to be Eugene's primary water source, EWEB is in the early stages of developing the Willamette River as an additional water supply.

Smart meters
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We want to provide customers with better service, build a more resilient community and create a cleaner energy future. As a part of acheiving these goals, we are upgrading our electric and water meters to smart meters.