EWEB & Howard Elementary open emergency water purification center

The station includes a newly installed well, pumping station, emergency water distribution equipment and a battery energy storage system.

Posted: May 11, 2019 7:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Just in time for fire season EWEB opened its second emergency water station Saturday

The EWEB and 4J school district held a grand opening for a new micro-grid -- powered emergency water station at Howard Elementary School.

The station includes a newly installed well, pumping station, emergency water distribution equipment and a battery energy storage system.

Howard principal, Allan Chinn says it was an honor for the school to have this emergency system in place so that they're able to show the students a real-life example of advanced technology.

"If there was some sort of emergency and the water system was knocked out it would be a matter of months in order to get that fixed where as you can't wait months to get water you need that right away," said Chinn.

They gave out free 3-gallon water storage containers to people who attended the event.

They also explained how the emergency water station operates and gave out emergency preparedness information.

The first station is at Prairie Mountain School in the Bethel area.

EWEB plans to have at least three more stations in other areas of Eugene over the next few years.

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