Nine days without power: My ice storm story as an EWEB customer and employee
While beautiful and peaceful, buying a home on the edge of the forest and surrounded by trees has its tradeoffs. Moving “upriver,” I knew there would be more threats to prepare for, including Mother Nature’s seasonal surprises.Find Out More
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 achieves power restoration milestone over the weekend
Crews have so far restored power for 92% of customers who originally lost power at the height of the ice storm.Find Out More
Reenergized McKenzie River Valley transmission lines allow EWEB crews to restore power upriver
On Friday, a majority of EWEB crews tackled power restoration efforts upriver, after federally managed transmission lines were reenergized Thursday.Find Out More
EWEB estimates one week to complete power system restoration
On Wednesday, EWEB crews restored power for about 10,000 customers by repairing large equipment first.Find Out More
Second round of ice and ensuing thaw prompt mass power outages
On Wednesday, all EWEB crews, who have been working nonstop since Saturday, traversed EWEB’s service territory assessing the damage and restoring transmission lines and main power feeders.Find Out More
Power restored at EWEB’s water treatment plant
Crews restored electric power at EWEB's Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant Monday evening, allowing operators to switch off the generators and rely again on the grid. Meanwhile, EWEB crews brace for additional outages amidst second round of ice and during the coming thaw.Find Out More
EWEB crews focusing on restoring electric service for Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant
With more ice forecasted for Tuesday, all EWEB crews are in the field assessing outages and restoring power.Find Out More
EWEB crews making downed lines safe and restoring power across Eugene and the foothills
As EWEB works to restore electric service to customers affected by the ice storm, the customer-owned utility is following established policies and its “hierarchy of repair” to prioritize repairs that restore electric service to the greatest number of customers.Find Out More
Leaburg Decommissioning Action Plan
Plan details next steps through regulatory processes to begin dismantling Leaburg Dam by 2032.Find Out More
What’s ahead in 2024: General manager’s message to EWEB customer-owners
At the start of the new year, we back at accomplishments from 2023 and look ahead at what's to come in 2024.Find Out More
Currin Substation: End of year update
EWEB Engineer Philip Peterson explains what's been happening in the final stretch to complete the substation rebuild.Find Out More
EWEB 2023 year in review
In 2023, EWEB invested in our community with grants, rebates and an array of other programs and measures aimed at fulfilling our core values of safety, reliability, affordability, environmental responsibility and community/culture.Find Out More
EWEB Recognized with Excellence in Communications Awards from American Public Power Association
We are proud to have been recognized with two Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards for 2023 from the American Public Power Association (APPA).Find Out More
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
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Community Neighbors Inaugurate Fifth Emergency Water Station
June 21, 2022
On June 18, with the help of community neighbors, EWEB inaugurated a new emergency water station at the Lane County Fairgrounds. We have been working for several years on water reliability projects to ensure safe, reliable water continues to flow in our community. These reliability projects include the development of several neighborhood emergency water stations.
Community neighbors joined us to celebrate the development of the station and to fill up a complementary, 3-gallon emergency water container. In addition to the free water container, attendees enjoyed learning about proper emergency water storage and sanitation procedures. Did you know it’s recommended to store at least 14 gallons of water per person in your household? Fourteen gallons will provide enough emergency drinking water for one person for at least two weeks.
Eugene’s Community Emergency Response Team was present to address questions and EWEB crew members were onsite to show neighbors how to properly use the water hoses and fill up containers. Those in attendance appreciated learning about how they can be better prepared for a disaster and about the work we are doing at EWEB to provide permanent and reliable emergency access to water throughout the city using groundwater wells.
“In the event of a disaster or localized issue, as we have seen in neighborhood communities like Mapleton and Salem, this water station will be able to dispense 85 gallons of water per minute to local residents,” said EWEB Commissioner John Barofksy (Wards 2 and 3) as he introduced the station to the crowd. “EWEB is doing our part to prepare our electric and water systems for emergency events, we’re hardening our infrastructure and building redundant sources of supply, but, as we say, preparedness is a shared responsibility.”
There's always the possibility that a natural or human-caused disaster could strike us here in the Pacific Northwest and the thought of preparing your home and family for a disaster or other emergency can be daunting. That’s why we created the EWEB Pledge to Prepare, a 12-month blueprint for emergency preparedness. Part of the Pledge to Prepare is storing emergency water in your home and being prepared to utilize emergency water stations.
“This inauguration marks the fifth station EWEB has constructed over the past few years,” said Commissioner Barofsky. “We could not have accomplished this goal without the help of many community partners, including neighborhood associations and Lane County Emergency Management.”
Below are the five operational emergency water stations available to you:
- Prairie Mountain School - 5305 Royal Ave.
- Howard Elementary School - 700 Howard Ave.
- Eugene Science Center - 2300 Leo Harris Parkway
- Lane Events Center/Fairgrounds - 796 W 13th Ave.
- Sheldon Fire Station - 2435 Willakenzie Rd.
EWEB is in the process of developing two additional sites near Churchill High School and near Roosevelt Middle School. Once they are complete, we hope you will join us to inaugurate the new stations and to pick up and fill up your free emergency water container.
We will continue our dedication to preparing, replacing and maintaining our community's water system because a reliable supply of clean water is vital to public health and safety.