EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Water & Electric Board will again be closing the College Hill Reservoir this year for the Fourth of July to prevent people from using fireworks.
Fireworks are prohibited on the property, as they could damage the roof and potentially impact drinking water quality, EWEB officials say. Access to the reservoir surface has been restricted around the holiday for the past several years.
This year, the Eugene City Council has also instituted a fireworks ban for part of the city due to drought conditions and fire danger. The ban is in place in areas south of 18th Avenue or east of Agate Street, including College Hill, through 2022.
“College Hill reservoir is great for views of the city and friendly gatherings, but its primary function is drinking water storage,” said EWEB Water Operations Manager Karen Kelley. “Water infrastructure is something most people rarely think about but protecting our drinking water is something that we all need to work on together. We can’t take the safety and reliability of our drinking water for granted.”