Eugene's drinking water supply in 2015
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Like much of the Western United States, Oregon is experiencing a record low snowpack this year, which means lower river levels for 200,000 people
who rely on the McKenzie River for their drinking water. EWEB is monitoring the current situation closely. While water conservation is always a good
idea, EWEB is urging its customers to be especially mindful of water use this summer.
If certain weather conditions emerge, EWEB may be asking customers to take voluntary actions to reduce their water use to
keep as much water in the river for fish and for other downstream users.
EWEB has plans in place to help customers take additional measures to conserve water. The utility has developed a color-coded
system for letting customers know the severity of the low-water situation.
Current low-water situation:
GREEN (take steps to reduce water use)
Learn more about the color-coded system.
What might trigger a request to reduce water use?
EWEB has developed criteria for when Eugene residents would be asked to reduce water use. A combination of unusually low stream flows, long periods of
hot weather and high consumption by Eugene residents may result in GREEN and ORANGE alerts to EWEB customers to reduce their water usage.
How much of the McKenzie River flow does Eugene use?
Eugene uses a relatively low percentage of the water in the McKenzie. In normal summertime conditions, only about 3 percent
of the river's flow is withdrawn from the river and in the Hayden Bridge Water Filtration Plant. Under current low stream flow
predictions for this year, EWEB still would withdraw only about 5 percent of the river's flow.
Eugene residents normally consume less than 50 million gallons of water per day during the summer months, much of it for outdoor watering. EWEB has the
ability to treat up to 80 million gallons per day of McKenzie River water at its Hayden Bridge plant.
Be mindful about water use this summer, especially with outdoor watering. The Green Grass Gauge is one tool that makes it easy to manage outdoor
water use to reduce over-watering and keep more water in our rivers. Sign up here for weekly GGG alerts and other water conservation tips. Learn more about the
Green Grass Gauge program.
Leaks also can unintentionally increase water use. Check your home piping, sprinkler hoses or underground landscape sprinkler system for leaks.
Promptly fix any leaks that are found.
Read more information about other water conservation tips.