Celebrating a century of service
"In my mind, water is associated with health, light with learning, and it is our aim that each child,
however poor or obscure, shall have at the minimum cost, these two fundamentals of civilization."
-Former Eugene Mayor Joseph Matlock, 1908
EWEB commemorated a significant milestone in 2011: The 100th anniversary of the utility's creation.
Since the very first meeting of the Eugene Water Board on March 11, 1911 (the utility's name was changed in 1949),
EWEB's vision has been to serve its citizen-owners with reliable electricity and healthy, clean water.
Today, EWEB is the largest public utility in Oregon, providing nearly 200,000 people and businesses
with electricity and water.
Read about the evolution of the utility throughout the last century and learn how Eugene, EWEB and the
McKenzie River are entwined with a common history. Also see a timeline of notable dates and read about the
utility's North Building Collection.
Read about the 1931, art deco era steam plant and view a slide show to learn more about what EWEB is doing to prepare
the building for the future.
Read the resolution passed by the Oregon Legislature to honor the Eugene Water & Electric Board.
You need great water to make great beer. That's why two local craft breweries created small
batch beers to honor EWEB for
providing clean, healthy water for 100 years. Learn how each
brewery donated the proceeds from these brews to support watershed protection efforts.
EWEB, Friends of Trees and the City of Eugene teamed up to plant 100 trees in Eugene as part of EWEB's
centennial commemoration. EWEB wanted to create a "legacy project" that would leave a gift of some kind to
the community. The trees are planted along Roosevelt Boulevard,
between Fergus and Bertelsen streets.
In celebration of its centennial year, EWEB sponsored the City of Eugene's "Summer in the City 2011" live music series and hosted
one of the concerts at EWEB's River Edge Plaza.