Related News

  • Related News

  • EWEB Safety Tip: Celebrate responsibly with balloons

    If your graduation celebration involves balloons, make sure they are secured with a weight. Otherwise, they can float away and come into contact with overhead power lines.

    Find Out More
  • EWEB Education Programs Invest in Eugene’s Future

    Learn some of the many ways EWEB customers support local schools and help inspire kids to explore the wonders of watershed health and clean energy resources.

    Find Out More
  • Every Week is Infrastructure Week

    National Infrastructure Week (May 14-20) may be a politically charged quip on the national stage, but for EWEB, the urgency and importance of infrastructure is no joke.

    Find Out More
  • State of the McKenzie Watershed

    Millions of dollars of investment have prevented the major harm from the Holiday Farm Fire, EWEB’s annual State of the Watershed Report finds.

    Find Out More
  • EWEB drinking water meets federal and state health standards again

    EWEB employs multiple methods of safeguarding drinking water, from the source to the tap.

    Find Out More
  • Show More
New water treatment trailer improves EWEB’s emergency response abilities

March 22, 2023 EWEB Communications Team

water treatment trailer and three male workers

The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) is expanding its capacity to provide water to customers in case of an emergency.

The newest addition is a state-of-the-art water treatment trailer paid for using a grant from the State Preparedness and Incident Response Program (SPIRE).

An example of a large-scale disaster would be the subduction zone earthquake which could affect the McKenzie River, disrupt the water treatment plant or damage the 800 miles of distribution pipes that delivers water to Eugene homes and businesses.

This week, EWEB tested the new water trailer, which uses reverse osmosis – a process that uses high pressure to push water through a membrane – to filter out contaminants.

“Staff will begin water quality testing and training of additional staff with a mind towards improving procedures and equipment, if necessary,” said Hayden Bridge Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Ray Leipold.

EWEB has one other water treatment trailer and three mobile water distribution trailers. The treatment trailers function as drinking water treatment plants on wheels in case an emergency takes EWEB’s Hayden Bridge Treatment Plant offline. These trailers can park at almost any water source and can treat up to 144,000 gallons of fresh water per day. These mobile treatment systems are self-contained and deployable to support Eugene or another regional utility in need.

Permanent emergency water stations

In the past few years, EWEB also has built permanent emergency water stations that will be available if a disaster strikes. Unlike the water treatment trailer, these stations are permanently located at sites throughout Eugene and they provide and distribute untreated groundwater to customers, who will then need to disinfect the water before using it.

EWEB inaugurated two of these permanent emergency water stations last year – one at the Lane County Event Center and another at the Sheldon Community Center. EWEB is in the planning and design stage of building two additional water stations near Churchill High School and near Roosevelt Middle School. 

At these permanent stations, underground wells extend more than 100 feet below the surface. Water is pumped up from underground and distributed via pipes and nozzles, where people can fill up jugs of water. The stations are designed to provide each person with two gallons of untreated water per day.