Nine days without power: My ice storm story as an EWEB customer and employee
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Preparation and Resilience: How EWEB Maintained Water Service During Recent Ice Storm
Learn about the projects and people that helped EWEB keep water flowing throughout the extreme weather event.Find Out More
EWEB crews focusing on restoring electric service for Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant
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Let's talk turkey. If a disaster strikes, is your family ready?
Many of us avoid discussing politics over the dinner table in the spirit of family peace and harmony. But here's a topic that can bring everyone together: emergency preparedness.Find Out More
Your EWEB Rates at Work: Investing Today for a Resilient Tomorrow
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.Find Out More
EWEB’s water infrastructure projects designed for reliability during major disasters
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EWEB lead annual "Spill Drill"
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Salmon Return to Finn Rock Reach
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EWEB programs reflect community values
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EWEB Prepares for the Annual Observance of "Imagine a Day Without Water"
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National Preparedness Month: Older adults take control in 1, 2, 3
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Bethel neighbors boost emergency preparedness during Emergency Water Station event
Staff gave out about 300 emergency water containers to enthusiastic community members eager to learn more about the water station.Find Out More
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Stay cool during extreme heat events
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College Hill Water Storage Site Will be Closed for July 4 Holiday, Fireworks Banned
June 27, 2022
EWEB will continue the annual closure of our College Hill Reservoir over the Fourth of July holiday and prohibit fireworks on the property grounds.
For the past several years, we have restricted access to the reservoir surface around the Fourth of July to ensure people do not set off fireworks which can damage the roof and potentially impact drinking water quality.
Last year, the City of Eugene passed an ordinance banning the use of fireworks in a segment of south Eugene due to the area's drought conditions and the potential for wildfires. The city ordinance bans fireworks in areas south of 18th Avenue or east of Agate Street, which includes College Hill, through 2022.
The fireworks prohibition includes the entire College Hill water storage site, including the blacktop surface of the old, decommissioned reservoir to the north of the College Hill structure. However, only the surface of the south water tank will be closed over the holiday—EWEB will lock the gates to the surface Thursday, June 30. The gates will re-open Tuesday, July 5.
We invite the public to enjoy the ungated public space respectfully.
“I think many people don’t realize what it takes to ensure clean, safe drinking water is always available, especially as critical infrastructure ages and new challenges arise,” said EWEB’s Chief Operations Officer Karen Kelley. “It's vital that we protect and maintain water infrastructure which is why contemporary standards prevent public access to critical drinking water facilities.”
The 15 million-gallon (MG) College Hill reservoir is part of our base-level water storage system and is critical to ensuring drinking water to all of Eugene.
A volunteer neighborhood reservoir watch has been in place for years to help reduce risks to water quality, and EWEB has invested close to $1 million over the past decade on temporary fixes to the 80-year-old facility. Despite improvements, the structure is still susceptible to contamination. Citing contamination concerns, the Oregon Health Authority is requiring EWEB to rehabilitate or decommission College Hill by the end of 2023.
To continue providing safe, reliable drinking water, we are planning to drain the aging reservoir in 2023, pending completion of replacement water storage at another property in south Eugene. Eventually, EWEB plans to demolish the College Hill reservoir and replace it with a new tank built to modern seismic standards.
We are committed to retaining the property at College Hill and re-landscaping areas not needed for water storage for continued public use. We plan to invite community input on landscape design options to create an inviting space that fits the neighborhood, as well as to appropriately honor College Hill's history and role in our community.