EWEB water reliability: Six things you should know
Investment in a reliable water system maintains Eugene's quality of
life and assures a healthy local economy and jobs.
- EWEB is committed to drinking water system reliability.
With the goal of minimizing prolonged community-wide disruptions in water service.
- Long-term planning and cost-effective investments in water reliability have served EWEB customers
well for more than 100 years. Continued investment is needed to increase the resilience of the water system as it ages,
becomes more complex and serves more customers over time.
- Water reliability is a top priority for the utility, but
balancing these critical investment with rate affordability is equally important.
- In summer months there is only enough emergency storage to provide one or two days of water if
something happens to EWEB's McKenzie River water supply.
- Over the last decade EWEB has evaluated all viable options and determined
that there are limited opportunities for more water. Emergency connections to neighboring utility systems do not provide
enough back up for even one day of Eugene's supply needs.
- The lack of alternate water sources could result in unacceptable risk to public health, safety
and the economy should a prolonged emergency occur.