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.
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.
To maintain the reliability customers have come to know and trust, EWEB must address an aging infrastructure bubble.
EWEB's 10-year Capital Improvement Plan for major infrastructure investments to rehabilitate, replace, and install new infrastructure will ensure we meet the current and future needs of our community, while maintaining reliable service.
EWEB Commissioners voted to decommission the Leaburg Hydroelectric Project at the beginning of 2023. Learn how EWEB plans to remove Leaburg Dam, restore Leaburg Lake to river form, and the timeline for complying with regulations associated with decommissioning.
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.
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.
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.