Electric Outage: 1-844-484-2300
Water Emergency: 541-685-7595
EWEB Main: 541-685-7000
With the dry late spring we have been experiencing, you might be preparing to turn your sprinkler system on for the first time this year. Following a few tips can help you water wisely.Find Out More
The Eugene Water & Electric Board in partnership with the Eugene 4J School District will open a new microgrid-powered emergency water station in the River Road area on May 11.The station, at Howard Elementary School, includes a newly installed well, pumping station, emergency water distribution equipment and a 1-megawatt battery energy storage system powered by a large photovoltaic array.Find Out More
EWEB staff developed an After Action Report to review EWEB's response to the February 2019 snow storm and the impacts of the storm, both on the community and EWEB's electrical infrastructure.Find Out More
EWEB commissioners will host presentations at an upriver meeting on April 23, including an update on Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project construction, the Leaburg Canal seepage repair project and timeline, as well as a briefing on EWEB's outage and restoration response following the Feb. 25 snow storm.Find Out More
Following the 2016 ice storm, we applied for grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make resiliency improvements to our electric system to reduce the frequency and duration of storm-related outages in several areas prone to storm damage.The agency has thus far approved 15 of the 16 proposed reliability projects, and will fund 75 percent of the cost, estimated to be about $3 million. The final project should be approved later this spring.Find Out More
Due to recent severe weather conditions our meter reading staff could not safely complete their assigned routes Feb. 24-28, 2019. Customers in a few areas of Eugene, east Springfield and the McKenzie River Valley will have estimated readings on their next bill.Find Out More
Fourteen full crews worked in the McKenzie River area Sunday, whittling down the number of upriver customers without power to less than 860 as of 3 p.m. With cell service still down in the area, reports from field crews are limited to radio communication, making it more difficult to keep upriver restoration information current. Starting with more than 14,000 customers out of service on Monday, fewer than 920 of our customers now remain without service on Sunday. Most repair work in Eugene is limited to incidents with just a few services out of power. Several smaller teams have spread out across Eugene to continue working these service restorationsFind Out More
As of 8 a.m. Saturday morning, there are just under 2,000 customers who remain without power. This includes a little over 200 in the Eugene area, and about 1,700 in the Mckenzie River Valley. Most of the remaining Eugene-area outages are single homes, which can be extremely labor intensive, particulalry those with accessibility issues, such as backyard service lines with no access for bucket trucks. We will continue to work until every customer is restored.Find Out More
EWEB and contract crews made substantial progress restoring power to customers Friday, turning the lights back on for more than 1,000 customers.Find Out More
We expect to restore about 1,000 customers in the Eugene area today. Please note that work conditions are dynamic and subject to change based on equipment damage, tree hazards and changing weather conditions.Find Out More
EWEB and contract crews made substantial progress restoring power to customers Thursday, turning the lights back on for several thousand residents impacted by the snow storm that struck Sunday night. Starting with more than 14,000 customers out of service on Monday, less than 4,500 remained without service as of 5 p.m. Thursday. In the Eugene area, about 2,800 customers are still waiting for restoration, along with about 1,700 McKenzie River residents.Find Out More
New snowfall overnight stalled restoration progress made over the past 48 hours as three major feeder lines and a transmission line went down Wednesday morning.EWEB and contract crews late Tuesday night were able to reduce the number of customers without power to about 6,000. That figure is down from a high of more than 14,000 on Monday. Falling trees and snow damage brought down the Eugene-area feeder and transmission lines early Wednesday, and the number of customers without power climbed up to 7,800 as of 1 p.m.Find Out More
Eugene Water & Electric Board and contract line crews made significant progress restoring power overnight Monday and into Tuesday, with more than 6,300 customers returned to service. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, there are about 7,600 EWEB customers without service, down from more than 14,000 without power at 5 p.m. Monday.Find Out More
Eugene Water & Electric Board has been recognized as the third healthiest medium-sized employer in Oregon, and one of the healthiest 100 workplaces in America.Find Out More
In our ongoing efforts to make more information available to customers, we want to share a new tool: the Power Outage Map. The map, accessible at eweb.org/outage, provides the general location of a power outage within EWEB’s service area, along with various details that will emerge as field technicians investigate the cause and determine repair strategies.Find Out More
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. We're doing our part by making investments to prepare, replace and maintain our community's electric and water systems. Here are some of the ways we work proactively to keep the lights on and the tap water flowing.
Crews trim around 300 line miles of vegetation annually to minimize falling trees and branches. We employ four full-time, certified arborists to inspect and evaluate vegetation around power lines, and 11 contract crews perform all pruning and trimming work. Learn more and request tree trimming.
We're working with community partners to establish several emergency water distribution sites using groundwater wells and mobile water trailers. Each well site will have a backup generator to provide reliable standby power.
We're replacing water mains, fortifying reservoirs and pump stations, and undertaking major upgrades to the Hayden Bridge water filtration plant. Learn more about our Water Reliability Initiative.
We participate in local and regional mutual aid agreements—voluntary partnerships between electric and water utilities to help each other with resources and restoration efforts following an emergency.
This plan was developed to outline how the cities of Eugene and Springfield prepare for and respond to emergencies. The plan provides a community-wide approach to protect life, safety and health during emergencies and major disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, fires and winter storms. As a provider of essential services, EWEB participated in the development of the plan which was funded by the cities of Eugene and Springfield, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Pre-disaster Mitigation Grant Program. Read more about the Hazards Mitigation Plan.
We're in the process of upgrading and relicensing Carmen-Smith to operate for at least 40 more years. The project's 110 megawatts of local generation is an important benefit to the community, particularly as we consider the potential of a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake or other regional disasters. Learn more about our largest utility-owned power source.
We're working on building a "resilient spine" in our electric transmission system. The idea is to enable us to move power from local generating resources to critical facilities, such as hospitals and public safety agencies, in an emergency.
We're modernizing our meters, information systems, and internal processes to improve outage detection and response efforts. Customers who elect advanced, technology-enabled features will benefit from automated outage detection, early water leak detection, and other services.
We installed a Shake Alert early warning sensor at Leaburg Dam and a second sensor at Carmen-Smith. The sensor can give people precious seconds to take protective actions before the severe shaking waves from an earthquake arrive.
Here are some ways you can prepare, and stay safe, in the event of an emergency.
We've compiled some checklists and resources to help you prepare for all types of emergencies.
To avoid extra steps during an outage, and to be placed on a restoration plan, please update your account with your current cell phone number by calling customer service at 541-685-7000, or by emailing EWEB.Answers@eweb.org. Learn more about reporting power outages.
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Eugene, OR 97401
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