EWEB Seeks Input on Water Rate Increase

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene Water and Electric Board is looking to raise water rates by more than 5 percent. It’s holding its final public hearing Tuesday before the board takes a vote. If approved, the average residential customer would pay about a $1.70 more a month. EWEB is not asking for an increase in the … Continue reading »

Water-Permeable Parking Lot

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon State University Extension Office in Eugene did a little green renovation Wednesday. The office moved one step closer to having a water-permeable parking lot. The project has been in the works for six months and the idea is for the new parking lot to allow water to soak in instead … Continue reading »

Water Released to Protect Salmon

KLAMATH BASIN, Ore. — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is increasing water flows in the Klamath River to fight a parasite attacking salmon. Officials say the increases from Iron Gate Dam near Hornbrook, California started Saturday and will run 10 days. They say this will prevent water from being released from Upper Klamath Lake, which … Continue reading »

Boaters Rewarded for Life Jackets

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon State Marine Board, Lincoln County and Tillamook County Sheriff’s Offices and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are teaming up to evaluate life jacket wear in Oregon. Marine deputies will reward adults who are wearing their life jackets as part of a nationwide Wear It campaign, which educates boaters about the … Continue reading »

Wells Tested Around Race Event

LEBANON, Ore. — Sprint jet boat races are likely coming back to Lebanon this weekend after the State Watermaster gave the event a preliminary green light – despite neighbors’ concerns about their wells drying up. The United States Sprint Boat Association is hosting the world championship event over Labor Day weekend, and says it will … Continue reading »

California Okays Fines for Wasting Water

(CNN) — California is cracking down on water wasters during the severe drought. Lawmakers approved a new set of emergency rules Tuesday. Anyone repeatedly caught wasting water on landscaping, car washing, hosing down sidewalks could face fines of up to $500 a day. Local law enforcement will enforce the fines. Water used tied to public … Continue reading »

Ashland Safe Drinking Water Scam

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland has received reports of an unnamed company trying to sell bottled water to local households in the city. The company claims due to drought conditions this year, the water supply in Ashland is not suitable to drink. The company also claims the city’s water is coming from Emigrant Lake and is … Continue reading »

Boil Water Order Issued For Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNN) — A boil water order has been issued for the city of Portland. The presence of total Coliform and E-coli was found in three samples of routine drinking water. The Tri-County Health Department said it’s monitoring the water. “In the public health department and throughout the state, we monitor for bacterial diarrheal … Continue reading »

Inside Inspections: Well Testing

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — The Benton County Department of Environmental Health got grant dollars to test for harmful contaminants that may enter homes. Some of those contaminants could even cause cancer. “I think this is a wonderful journey. I think we have some great help with some interns and some volunteers from OSU,” said Bill … Continue reading »

Public Works Repairs Broken Water Main

CORVALLIS, Ore. – More than a dozen businesses and homes are without water, as Public Works crews continue to repair a broken water main that broke Tuesday afternoon. Around 3 pm on Tuesday, the City of Corvallis Public Works Department responded to about 800,000 gallons of water flooding 5th St. near Harrison Blvd. On Wednesday, … Continue reading »

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