The McKenzie River is Eugene's only source of drinking water, treated here
at the Hayden Bridge filtration plant.
Eugene residents rely on safe, clean water for drinking, fire protection, showers, cooking and keeping
gardens green. Water is also vital to business and industry, and indispensable to the local economy
For nearly 100 years, EWEB has reliably served the community with cool,
clean, clear water drawn from the mountain-fed McKenzie River. Few community members are aware,
however, of the invisible risks.
To address reliability concerns, EWEB is undertaking a Water Reliability Initiative – a comprehensive
approach to minimizing the risk of a prolonged water service interruption. It includes maintaining and improving
the water system infrastructure, as well as developing alternative sources of drinking water.
Read more about EWEB's Water Reliability Initiative and what it means to you.
EWEB is increasing its investment in the water system, parts of which date back to the early days of the utility's
founding in 1911.
Read about the utility's water emergency response plans, as well as steps you can take to prepare
yourself for a water emergency.
Learn how EWEB's wholesale water agreements benefit EWEB customers and support the utility's water
Discover how efficient water use allows EWEB to postpone costly system expansion and invest in water reliability.
Read the answers to some frequently asked questions about EWEB's water reliability.
EWEB and its elected Board of Commissioners are committed to providing customer-owners with an
opportunity to learn more and provide input on decisions to invest in water reliability. Please email EWEB's
Water Reliability Speaker's Bureau if you would like a speaker to make a presentation at your community meeting.
- LADWP Tests Japanese Earthquake Resistant Water Pipes
(KNBC Nov. 12, 2014)
- What if? Ice storms, earthquakes pose real danger to Eugene
(KVAL, July 23, 2014)
- Drinking Water
Savvy: Water reliability and emergency preparedness
- Do you know the value of your water?
- EWEB aims to prevent West Virginia-style water disaster
(The Register-Guard, Jan. 18, 2014)
- EWEB approves rate increase
- 9.0 quake + EWEB=2 days water: 'This keeps me up at night"
(KVAL, November 6, 2013)
- 2013 Large Water Customer Forum Report
- Veneta celebrates safe water milestone
(The Register-Guard, Oct. 17, 2013)
- Drinking Water
Savvy: Investing in Reliability
- Drinking Water Savvy: Diversifying Our Water Supply
- Drinking Water Savvy: EWEB's Water Reliability Initiative
- Email EWEB's
Water Reliability Team with questions or comments