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The Eugene Water and Electric Board said some customers report water tasting like chlorine or smoke. Spokesperson Joe Harwood emphasized tap water is safe to drink, and exceeds state and federal health standards.

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Eugene Water and Electric Board says there’s no danger of a power shortage in Eugene. The utility says 80% of the power it delivers comes from outside sources. Most of it comes from the Bonneville Power Administration system which hasn't been impacted by the fires here. 

Lane Electric website

More than 130 thousand people are without power across Oregon today due to high winds, fire, and downed lines.

Nathan Bouquet

To help its customers who are behind on utility payments due to the pandemic, the Eugene Water and Electric Board is doubling the amount of funding available in August for its bill repayment programs.

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In response to the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic local utilities are offering assistance to their customers to help them cope. 

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A year ago, the region was under a foot and a half of dense snow.  Ice and falling branches knocked down many power lines, causing massive outages. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, utility work continues to protect against future disasters.

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Note: This story will be updated as new developments occur. 

Monday evening, the Eugene Police Department and EWEB responded to a vehicle crash on Willamette Street and 29th Avenue.  The EPD closed off a portion of Willamette Street where the incident occured while the area was cleared, and through the night utility crews worked to restore power for roughly 700 residents.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene residents are fortunate to get their water from the clean, cool McKenzie River. But the city could lose that access in the event of a major disaster. The threat of climate change has also created challenges. 


A broken water main at the intersection of East Broadway and Hilyard Street in Eugene will severely restrict traffic movements at the intersection.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A fowl saboteur is behind this morning’s power outage in southeast Eugene.

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Across southern Oregon, more and more utility customers are getting hooked up with power after heavy snowstorms last month caused massive outages.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has this update.

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With a so-called “Cascadia event” expected to hit the Pacific Northwest anytime now, earthquake detection and warning systems are more crucial than ever. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports that the University of Oregon has received $400,000 in federal funds to help its efforts.

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Utility EWEB plans to start 16 projects in April.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, four of them will put underground power lines in Eugene’s South Hills.

Brian Bull / KLCC

It’s been a week now since heavy snows buried much of southwest Oregon, in one of the worst storms in the region’s history. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Many people across Lane County are hoping to have power restored since a foot and a half of snow fell across the area since Sunday evening. Among them is KLCC’s Brian Bull, whose home in South Eugene has lacked electricity since Monday. He shares this update on conditions in the area.

Watertech

Once fall rolls around, municipal water consumption wanes. When water sits in pipes, it ages and that can affect the way it tastes and smells coming out of the tap.

Eugene-or.gov

After years of envisioning and months of design work and public comments, Eugene officials recently revealed a plan for the downtown Riverfront Park. The city is taking feedback through Friday.

 


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Eugene Water and Electric Board plans to eliminate its tiered rate system for electricity. The 5 EWEB commissioners indicated their support for a fixed rate at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board is using its recent property sale to help pay for its Carmen Smith Hydroelectric Project. The $100 million retrofit of the McKenzie River dam is EWEB’s largest construction project ever built.

Sensus.com

Eugene Water and Electric Board is going to Lane County Circuit Court later this month to defend its release of pricing information about its contract with a smart meter manufacturer.

Brian Bull

The power outage that put KLCC off the air for about 10 minutes last Friday was caused by a bird.

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene and Eugene Water and Electric Board have finalized a deal for 16-acres of riverfront property.

Andrew Talabere / EWEB

Over two days last week, Eugene Water and Electric Board took a slow approach to the draw down of Leaburg Lake. The hope is to help save the lives of an eel-like fish that’s important to northwest Indian tribes.

Lane County

Two boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield have been re-opened. They were closed for cleanup of an oil spill earlier this month. Lane County says the barriers blocking the river near Hayden Bridge have been removed and the river is open to boat traffic in that location. The Bellinger and Hendricks boat ramps are now open and accessible. Hayden Bridge boat ramp remains closed until further notice.

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Following an oil spill, people are warned to avoid an 8-mile stretch of the McKenzie River -from Springfield’s Hayden Bridge to Eugene’s Armitage Park- until further notice. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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The candidate filing deadline for the May Primary has passed, and several Eugene city councilor races are contested.

City of Eugene

Efforts are moving forward to transform the area along the Willamette River near downtown Eugene. Last week, the city council heard from a Portland firm tasked with developing the Eugene Water & Electric property.


Brian Bull / KLCC

The big ice storm that hit the Eugene area in December 2016 proved a major challenge for local utilities. KLCC’s Brian Bull shares what EWEB learned from the experience.

Scammers are targeting local utility customers, according to Eugene Water and Electric Board.

Recorded On: October 13, 2017

Air Date: October 16, 2017

What happens at Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) affects all residents of Eugene and customers living up the McKenzie River, and EWEB has a new strategic plan. What changes are in store for your supply of electricity and water? More importantly, what changes are in store for your monthly bills? Is Eugene assured of a steady supply of clean, affordable power? Can we have a power supply that simultaneously makes both economic and environmental sense? Can carbon pricing really work for EWEB?

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