EWEB Introduces Water Response Trailers

EUGENE, Ore. — In many emergency situations water is critical. The Eugene Water and Electric Board introduced its new emergency plan this weekend. EWEB debuted its Water Incident Response Trailers at the Eugene Celebration. EWEB says the trailers are vital because Eugene is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest to not have a second … Continue reading »

EWEB & Lane Electric Talk Area Transfer

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Water and Electric Board and Lane Electric discussed transferring service of McKenzie River Valley’s territory at Tuesday night’s meeting. Currently, power to the McKenzie River Valley is under EWEB’s control. The territory includes almost 3,000 people stretching from outside Springfield city limits to Vida. More than 95 percent of EWEB’s … Continue reading »

EWEB Hears Smart Meter Health Concerns

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Water and Electric Board tried to clear the air Tuesday night over the implementation of controversial smart meters. EWEB commissioners are considering moving all customers to the radio transmitting meters by 2017, but there are concerns surrounding the change. The EWEB Board of Commissioners heard more than two hours worth … Continue reading »

EWEB Repairs Water Main

EUGENE, Ore. — Residents in the Churchill area say a water main break flooded the streets of their neighborhood Sunday. The Eugene Water and Electric Board says the water main broke just after 1 p.m. and flooded Wilshire Lane and Wilshire Circle. EWEB repaired the water main just before 3 p.m. It was so hot … Continue reading »

Students Compete in Solar Powered Races

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of students from Lane County went head to head in a solar car competition Saturday. Middle schoolers participating in the 2013 Solar Challenge worked on their solar-powered cars four four weeks and were ready to win the competition. To get to the solar challenge, students had to first have the fastest … Continue reading »

Power Outage in West Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — EWEB is responding to a power outage in west Eugene Tuesday morning. About 540 customers are without power. The affected area is from West Eighth Avenue south to West 18th Avenue, and McKinley Street west to Acorn Park Street. The cause of the outage is being investigated. At this point, crews think it may have been … Continue reading »

EWEB Hikes its Rates

EUGENE, Ore. — Starting May 1, Eugene Water and Electric Board customers may notice a spike in their energy bill. EWEB will raise its rates starting Wednesday by about five percent on average for all customers. Commissioners gave the approval for the increase in December. EWEB leaders say even though the rates will go up, … Continue reading »

Water Valve Breaks

EUGENE, Ore. — At least one Eugene business went without water Wednesday after a valve broke during some maintenance. EWEB employees say they were in the process of turning off the water to do some replacement work when the valve broke off. Witnesses say the water went up several feet into the air. A KEZI … Continue reading »

Celebration Promotes Reusable Bag Use

EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of people made their way to Eugene Water Electric Board’s annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday. The event came just in time for local shoppers as the city of Eugene will soon ban plastic bags from retail stores. Saturday’s event focused on gearing people up for the coming change. Organizers spent … Continue reading »

EWEB to Discuss College Hill Reservoir

EUGENE, Ore — The Eugene Water & Electric Board will host an informational meeting Tuesday to discuss changes at the College Hill Reservoir. This past year, EWEB discovered that the reservoir roof is prone to leaking despite numerous efforts to waterproof the surface. The leaks increase the risk of contaminants entering the drinking water below, … Continue reading »

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