Maintaining and upgrading our water system
Timely investments in repair and replacement are essential for a reliable water system.
EWEB maintains 800 miles of pipes, 26 enclosed reservoirs and other facilities that deliver
water to customers' taps. Much of this infrastructure is in serious need of major
reinvestments to ensure that customers continue to get reliable, high-quality water.
To address a backlog of repairs, maintenance and improvements, EWEB has increased its efforts
to rebuild or replace aging infrastructure, parts of which date back to the early days of the utility's
founding in 1911.
EWEB is not alone in its need to address an aging water system. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency estimates that cities and public water districts need more than $350
billion in upgrades between now and 2030 for water systems to provide safe drinking water.
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Each year, EWEB commissioners approved a new rolling Water Capital Improvement Plan
that outlines improvements and replacements required in the water system for the next
These investments come at a price, as water system improvements are largely funded
through rates and by development fees that are charged for new water service connections.
See a list of current construction projects, many of which address the need to improve and repair
water system infrastructure.
In spite of recent increases, our water rates
are still among the lowest in the Northwest, and in the